Zias, UTPB split doubleheader

CNJ staff

ODESSA, Texas — Senior Cassie Beene delivered a two-out, go-ahead RBI double in the sixth inning Wednesday, lifting Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team past Texas-Permian Basin 3-2 for a split of their doubleheader.

The Falcons took the opener 2-1 as Desiree Valero pitched a four-hitter and came within a two-out error in the seventh of a shutout.

The Zias (6-13) scored two unearned runs on no hits in the first in Game 2. Melanie Alderette led off with a walk, stole second and scored when Savannah Chavez sacrificed and reached on a throwing error by UTPB catcher Anna Hollingsworth.

The second run came home on a fielder’s choice grounder by Melissa Reynosa.

The Falcons (7-17) tied it with single runs in the third and fourth. Zias freshman Albie Medina (3-2) allowed four hits in five innings, and freshman Katie Ramsay worked around a one-out double in the sixth and a two-out error in the seventh to notch her second save of the season.

Alderette was the only player in the game with more than one hit, going 2-for-3.

In the opener, ENMU’s Amanda Lale reached Valero (6-9) for a one-out double in the seventh. With two down, Reynosa’s grounder was misplayed by shortstop Chelsey Morgan, but on the play Reynosa was tagged out in a rundown between first and second for the final out while Beene, pinch-running for Lale, scored.

Freshman Amy Smith (3-5) went the distance for the Zias, allowing five hits and one earned run. UTPB’s Tieifa Dueberry had the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-3.

The Zias return to Lone Star Conference play this weekend, hosting Angelo State in a three-game series.