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Dominant UTEP softball claims 7-2 win in series final against WKU

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (KVIA) — The UTEP softball team closed out their series against WKU with an impressive 7-2 victory in the series finale, turning in a dominant performance at the plate on Sunday afternoon at the WKU Softball Complex.

UTEP improves to 25-19 (11-13 Conference USA), while WKU falls to 31-19-1 (16-8 CUSA).

The Miners wasted no time in asserting their offensive prowess, with Lexi Morales fueling the scoring in the first inning with a sharp single, and later moving to second on Autumn Scott’s sacrifice bunt. Halle Hogan’s groundout advanced Morales to third base, clearing the way for Ajia Richard to deliver a clutch RBI single down the left field line, putting UTEP on the board. The inning reached a crescendo when Lynne Sepulveda hit a home run to center field to establish a commanding 3-0 lead.

In the third inning, UTEP continued their offensive onslaught. With two outs, Hogan opened a rally with a single through the left side. Richard and Sepulveda followed with consecutive walks, loading the bases for Ashlynn Allen. Allen seized the moment with a double to left field, driving in Richard and Hogan and extending the Miners’ lead to 5-0.

Hogan and Richard maintained their momentum in the fifth inning and started the attack again with back-to-back singles. Aaliyah Rebolledo entered the game as a pinch runner for Richard and got into scoring position on Sepulveda’s sacrifice bunt. Allen took advantage of the opportunity, reaching base on a fielder’s choice and advancing to second base, while a throwing error by WKU’s catcher allowed Hogan to score. Bri Garcia added the lead with a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing home Rebolledo and extending UTEP’s lead to 7-0.

WKU was able to break the shutout in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Cheyanne Sales delivered an RBI single, narrowing the deficit to 7-1. In the seventh inning, WKU added another run, but UTEP’s defense held strong to secure the 7-2 victory.

Annika Litterio (2-2) earned her second win of the season, striking out two batters and allowing only four hits.

Notables

  • First UTEP softball team to play a full league schedule without being swept in any series
  • UTEP handed WKU its first loss at home in CUSA play this season

ON DECK
With the regular season concluded, the Miners now turn their attention to the Conference USA Championship, which will take place in Las Cruces, New Mexico, hosted by NM State. In the opening round on May 8 at 2:30 PM MT, No. 6 seed UTEP will face No. 3 seed LA Tech.