Carrera Breaks Record, UTEP loses
Camilla Carrera stepped to the batter’s box in her first at-bat of the game and sailed her 20th long ball of the season out of the park to become the single season home run leader in Conference USA. Laurie Wagner of Houston held the previous record of 18 set in 2008. The record came in a 4-12 five inning affair against East Carolina in game one of a double header. The Miners (12-20, 2-6 C-USA) dropped game two after the Pirates won a see-saw 11-10 contest on a walk-off in the bottom of the seventh.
Carrera’s first inning home run gave the Miners an early lead but the Pirates were quick to answer back with a three run bottom of the first off of Colleen Hohman.
The Pirates extended their lead with a pair of runs off of Laura Ramos in the bottom of the third.
The Miners pulled within a run in the fifth inning when Carrera hit her second homer of the game with Samantha Alvillar and Chelsea Troupe on base. The big fly was the 21st of the season for the nation’s home run leader.
The ECU bats never gave UTEP a chance to try and continue the rally for a win when they scored 7 runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.
Carrera’s four RBIs in the game marked the third time in as many games that she has reached that number.
After being held scoreless for the first two innings and giving up four runs the Miners staged a comeback over the Pirates in the fourth inning.
Courtney Ware got the scoring started for UTEP after driving single with Troupe on second after reaching on a double. Carrera, who was intentionally walked after the double by Troupe, scored the second UTEP run on an error by the Pirates short stop. Charissa Ballesteros drove in a run on a single to right center. The Miners tied up the score at 4-4 on Ashley Eldridge’s first RBI of her career when she brought Ware to the plate.
A two run triple off the bat of Kai Clark put the Pirates back on top in the bottom frame of the third.
Kayla Black came up to bat with the bases full of Miners in the fourth and drove the ball out of the park on the first pitch she saw for the go-ahead grand slam.
A sac-fly off the bat of Ashley Collazo scored Alvillar for the ninth UTEP run of the contest.
ECU pulled within one run of UTEP in the bottom of the fifth with a triple and a single. The Pirates loaded the bases in the next frame but Hohman was able to get a strikeout to avoid any damage.
The Miners tacked on their tenth run in the seventh when Carrera, who was intentionally walked for the fourth time, scored on an error.
The Pirates completed their comeback with a three run bottom of the seventh. A fielding error by Black in right field allowed the tying and winning run to score.
The Miners and Pirates will take the field for the last game of the series on Sunday in Greenville, N.C.