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Softball Eagles Earn Conference Victory at UTEP on Sunday

Leslie LeJune led the Eagles at the plate on Sunday.

Leslie LeJune led the Eagles at the plate on Sunday.

March 11, 2012

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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.

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