Pioneers keep Zias’ bats quiet

CNJ staff

For a second straight day, Texas Woman’s held Eastern New Mexico University’s bats in check, and gained a spot in the standings with a 6-2, 4-3 sweep Saturday at Zia Softball Field.

The Zias came into the weekend with 50 home runs and a .364 batting average in their first 45 games of the season, but the Pioneers held Eastern to seven runs while taking three of four games. In the process, Texas Woman’s (20-29-1, 8-5-1 LSC south) leapfrogged over ENMU and into second place in the Lone Star Conference South Division.

In the first game, Texas Woman’s grabbed the lead when first baseman Rhonda Sherman hit a two-run home run to cap a four-run fourth inning.

The Zias (29-17, 9-7) were held scoreless until the fifth, when they tallied a run on a throwing error. ENMU got another run in the sixth when catcher Courtney McClasky hit a RBI double.

In the second game ENMU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on a Tina Whitt homer in the second inning.

The lead was be short-lived as Sherman tied the game with a two-out, two-run single in the next half-inning.

The Pioneers took the lead for good in the fifth when Amber Brooks hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer.

Texas Woman’s Lindsy Ross-Keller (11-11) picked up the win in both games, pitching 9 2/3 innings and giving up only one earned run in the twin bill.

Ross-Keller also picked up the win in the Pioneers’ win in the series opener on Friday.

Sherman finished with three hits and four RBIs on the day for the Pioneers. Texas Woman’s left fielder Tiffanie Boone had four hits and two runs.