The UTEP Softball team lost to I-10 rival New Mexico State, 7-1, on a cold, blistery night at NM State Softball Complex Tuesday night.
The Miners (2-4) found themselves down early to the Aggies (4-1) when Staci Rodriguez blasted a three-run shot over center field in the bottom of the first inning. Junior Kayla Black got UTEP on the board when she drove in freshman Kawehiokalani Netane on a fielder’s choice in the top of the second inning, but State would answer. Aggie catcher Alyssa Ruiz went deep on a two-run home run to left-center, giving her squad all the momentum.
Junior transfer Erika Arcuri continued her solid hitting at leadoff going 2-for-3 for the night, while Netane went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
The Miners will have two more opportunities to get back at the Aggies at the home opener at Helen of TroyField on Feb. 23 and 24.
UTEP will travel to Hammond, La. on Thursday to play in the Jimmy John’s Lion Classic II. The Miners will play South Dakota State (2 p.m. MT) in the first game of a doubleheader andthen the host of the tournament Southeastern Louisiana (4:30 p.m. MT) on Friday.
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