Zias manage one hit, blanked twice

CNJ staff

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — It was a long day Friday for the Eastern New Mexico University softball team … or a short day, depending on how you want to look at it.

Freshman left fielder Tessa Fioritti opened ENMU’s first game in the Midwestern State Invitational with a single, but it was all downhill for the Zias (0-6) from there. They didn’t get another hit in dropping five-inning, run-rule decisions to Texas Woman’s 13-0 and 12th-ranked host Midwestern State 10-0.

TWU’s Lizzy Kelly retired the next eight batters after Fioritti’s hit and went on to a five-inning complete game, walking three and striking out three.

The Pioneers (2-4) jumped on ENMU junior Erin Roufosse (0-6) for five runs on seven hits in two innings, then tacked on eight more runs against reliever Brittany Widner.

Shortstop Bailey Vrazel went 3-for-3 and scored three runs for TWU, while first baseman Kaylan Vranich singled twice, doubled and drove in three runs. The Pioneers finished with 16 hits.

Catcher Kim Jerrick’s two-run single capped a three-run first for MSU, and the Mustangs (13-1) put together a seven-run second that included shortstop Amanda Potysman’s three-run homer.

Kristina Gutierrez (6-0) earned the win in the circle, walking two and striking out 14.

ENMU wraps up play in the event today, facing Missouri Southern at 8 a.m. (MST) and Drury immediately afterwards.