March 11, 2012
EL PASO, Texas - Leslie LeJune finished the day with three hits and four RBI to lead the Southern Miss softball team (7-12, 1-2 C-USA) to a 9-8 victory over Conference USA foe UTEP (12-15, 2-1 C-USA) on Sunday at the Helen of Troy softball complex.
"We're very pleased to get over the hump and overcome some adversity today," said co-head coach Kirsten Voak. "The senior leadership displayed today by Leslie LeJune and Courtney Ramos cannot be understated. We have a tough string of games in Hattiesburg coming up and the team is excited to get back to town and start preparing for them."
Southern Miss jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, highlighted by LeJune's stand-up bases loaded double to the gap in left center to bring in three runs.
UTEP slugger Camilla Carrerra added one run for the Miners in the third on a double down the left field line to make it 4-1. One batter later, with runners on second and third, Kayla Black managed a ground ball out to the right side to allow another runner to come in and make it a 4-2 ball game.
In the fourth, LeJune picked up another RBI on another double, this time to right center, to bring in Stephanie Shiflet and make it 5-2. Two batters later, Mackenzie Sher was able to bring LeJune across on a one-out sacrifice fly and Carissa Turang added another to make it 7-2 for the Golden Eagles.
The Miners rallied back in the fourth with five runs, including Carrerra's game-tying grand slam, her 17th home run of the season, to center field to bring the score all even at 7-7.
In the sixth, the Golden Eagles escaped a bases-loaded jam as Courtney Ramos came in with one out to induce a ground out and strike out to keep the game tied up.
Southern Miss in the seventh was able to get Omeshia Moffett over to third on a Brittany Lilly single who then advanced on the throw to third. Back at the top of the lineup, Shiflet laced a two-out single up the middle to bring both runners in and re-take the lead at 9-7.
UTEP added a single run in the final frame but were unable to come any closer as the Eagles closed it out for the 9-8 victory.
Courtney Ramos (2-6) earned the victory on two innings of work. She allowed just two runs on one hit while striking out two.
Next up for Southern Miss is a midweek doubleheader with Southern University on Thursday at the Southern Miss softball complex. First pitch for those games is set for 4 p.m.