Zias end 10-game skid

CNJ staff

ABILENE, Texas — Maegan Rhoten hurler a three-hitter and right fielder Kyleigh Harris drove in the winning run Monday as Eastern New Mexico snapped a 10-game losing streak.

Harris’ singled capped a two-run fifth inning as Eastern beat Abilene Christian 3-2 in the opener of a Lone Star Conference South doubleheader.

Heather Cochran scattered 10 hits and Valerie Malkinson drove in a pair of runs as Abilene Christian took the nightcap 4-1.

Rhoten (3-10), who struck out five and walked five, retired the final eight batters after the Wildcats inched within 3-2 with a run in the fifth.

Second baseman Jordan Moore went 3-for-4 and catcher Courtney McClasky homered as the Zias (10-25, 1-11 LSC South ) collected 13 hits in the opener.

In the nightcap, ACU (14-24, 5-7) scored twice in the fifth to break the game open.

Katie Bryan drove in the first run with a triple, and Valerie Malkinson followed with a single to make it 4-1.

Lauren King (3-10) went the distance for Eastern, allowing eight hits while striking out two and walking one.

Eastern, which stranded 11 runners, scored in the first on Jordan’s single.

First game
Eastern 3, Abilene Christian 2
Eastern 010 020 0 — 3 13 0
ACU 100 010 0 — 2 3 0

Maegan Rhoten and Courtney McClaskey; Allison Crouse and Ashley Whittenberg. W — Rhoten (3-10). L — Crouse (3-4). LOB — Eastern 9, ACU 6. 2B — ACU, Whittenberg. HR — Eastern, McClaskey. T — 1:36. A — 35. Records: Eastern 10-25, 1-10. ACU 13-24, 4-7.

Second game
Abilene Christian 4, Eastern 1
Eastern 100 000 0 — 1 10 1
ACU 101 020 x — 4 8 1

Lauren King and Navarro; Heather Cochran and Ashley Whittenberg. W — Cochran (5-9). L — (King 3-10). DP — Eastern 1. LOB — Eastern 11, ACU 5. 2B — Eastern, Maegan Rhoten. 3B — ACU, Katie Bryan. T — 1:15. A — 35.