Zias absorb two more LSC crossover setbacks

CNJ staff

SAN ANGELO, Texas — It was another long day for the Eastern New Mexico University softball team on Sunday.

The Zias couldn’t get out of the first inning in either game, losing to Southeastern Oklahoma 12-1 and the Northeastern State 6-1 to finish 0-5 in the three-day Lone Star Conference crossover tournament.

Southeastern (28-17) jumped on the Zias for eight first-inning runs and cruised to a five-inning win, shortened by the eight-run rule. Northeastern State (13-19) scored five in the top of the first in the finale.

Southeastern Oklahoma used four hits, four walks in their first-inning outburst, helped by three wild pitches, a passed ball and two illegal pitches.

The Zias (10-28) got one run back on Tessa Fiorriti’s one-out homer in the bottom of the first, her third of the season. But they managed only two more baserunner — a second-inning single by Emily Livingston and an error which allowed Fiorriti to reach — the rest of the way against Kelsey Reding (5-3) and Ashley Smith.

ENMU junior Erin Roufosse (6-21) struck out the side in the first against Northeastern, but in between the RiverHawks put together their rally on three hits, a walk, a hit batsman, an error and two wild pitches.

Roufosse settled in after that, allowing only four hits and a run over the final six innings. But Northeastern’s Cayce Coleman (7-8) tossed a complete-game seven-hitter, striking out eight.

The Zias’ lone run came in the fourth on a leadoff single by Fiorriti, a bunt which advanced her to second and Emily Livingston’s two-out RBI single to left.

ENMU returns to action on Friday, opening a three-game LSC South series at second-ranked Angelo State.