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Senior hitters help lead UTEP softball's unlikely charge to C-USA tournament

Video: UTEP seniors Courtney Smith and Leslie Garcia Bret Bloomquist, El Paso Times

The UTEP softball team's charge to this week's Conference USA tournament — when the Miners stormed down the stretch, winning six of their last nine games to earn Wednesday afternoon's game with Middle Tennessee — was fueled in part by the big bats of Courtney Smith and Linda Garcia.

For Smith, it's in the form of home runs, where she's now fourth on UTEP's career list with 31. For Garcia, it's her steady hitting and .308 average.

The thing is, it wasn't always like this.