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UTEP Sweeps Midland College to End Fall Season

The UTEP softball team ended its fall season by sweeping Midland College, 8-4 and 9-6, on Friday afternoon at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex.

In game one, UTEP scored a pair of runs in the first on a Hope Moreno two-run single.  But Midland College answered with a four-run second inning to take a two-run lead. The Miners responded in the third when Cortney Smith connected on a bases clearing double for a 5-4 lead. Ariel Blair put her squad up, 6-4, after she drove Smith home on a single up the middle.

In the sixth, UTEP tacked on two more runs, as the first run came on an error that scored Blair and Miranda Gutierrez singled through the right side, advancing Blair to third. A Chaparrals fielding error on the same play paved the way for Blair to score, while Gutierrez found her way to third base. Mariah Ellis put UTEP up 8-4 with a sacrifice fly to right that plated Gutierrez.

Starting pitcher Devyn Cretz hurled 4.0 frames, while Allie Johnson finished the contest, throwing 3.0 innings. Johnson fanned a trio of hitters, while Cretz tallied two Ks.

Blair finished 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored in game one.

In game two, UTEP put up three runs in the first inning, as Moreno, Macey Brown and Kaitlin Ryder each tallied an RBI.

With the score 4-1, Midland tied the contest with a three-run third. But the Miners answered with a trio of runs in the bottom half highlighted by a Taylor Sargent two-run home run over left and a Gutierrez triple that plated Bryanna Molina.

The Chaparrals got within a run after scoring a pair of runs in the fourth, but Brown recorded an RBI in the fourth and Ellis scored on a passed ball, giving the Orange and Blue a 9-6 lead.

The UTEP pitchers combined for five strikeouts and zero walks in the second game.

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