Zias drop pair to Texas Woman’s

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team certainly had enough offense in Saturday’s Lone Star Conference doubleheader against Texas Woman’s at Zia Softball Field.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU freshman Cailin Garmon drops down a bunt in the fifth inning of the opener of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference softball doublehader against Texas Woman’s at Zia Softball Field. Garmon, bunting for a hit, was thrown out on the play at first base. The Zias dropped both ends of the twin bill to the Pioneers 11-9 and 12-7.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
ENMU freshman Cailin Garmon drops down a bunt in the fifth inning of the opener of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference softball doublehader against Texas Woman’s at Zia Softball Field. Garmon, bunting for a hit, was thrown out on the play at first base. The Zias dropped both ends of the twin bill to the Pioneers 11-9 and 12-7.

Keeping the Pioneers off the board, though, was another matter.

Freshman third baseman Audrey Velasquez went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in both games of the twin bill, but the Pioneers got five home runs — three from first baseman Kendra Sancet — and slugged their way to an 11-9, 12-7 sweep.

ENMU (9-27, 1-15 LSC) fell behind 5-0 and 9-3 in the opener, but pulled to 9-7 in the bottom of the sixth before Sancet led off the seventh with her first homer of the day. An RBI single from Samantha Alegria made it 11-7 and allowed TWU (24-12, 10-7) two withstand sophomore right fielder Marleyna Pinon’s first home of the season.

Kyra Sirag and Lizzy Velasquez followed with singles to put runners at the corners, but pinch-hitter Shelby Ripple popped up a bunt and catcher Sarah Wittenburg turned it into an unassisted double play to essentially end the threat.

Pinon also went 3-for- for the Zias with three RBIs. Designated player Katie Hines also had three hits and three RBIs, including a homer, and earned a save in relief of starter Brandie Lander.

It was Lander’s turn to bail out Hines in the second game after the Zias pulled even 7-7 in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run double by Velasquez. The Pioneers took the lead on an RBI single by Tealey Farquhar in the top of the seventh before Sancet, who hit a two-run homer in the third, iced it with a grand slam — her 15th homer of the season — off ENMU’s Mary Jo Granger (3-5).

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU sophomore catcher Kyra Sirag corrals a foul popup near the plate for an out during the opener of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader againsts Texas Woman’s at Zia Softball Field.

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks
ENMU sophomore catcher Kyra Sirag corrals a foul popup near the plate for an out during the opener of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference softball doubleheader againsts Texas Woman’s at Zia Softball Field.

Sancett finished with three hits and seven RBIs as TWU outhit the Zias 17-9. Junior right fielder Aurelia Sandoval went 3-for-3 for the Zias, including a two-run double to cap a four-run second and stake ENMU to a 4-1 lead.

The Zias return to action on Wednesday with a 1 p.m. non-league home twin bill against New Mexico Highlands.