Zias post 2-2 mark in LSC First Pitch Tournament

PNT Staff

IRVING, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team split a pair of games on both Friday and Saturday against Lone Star Conference North Division squads in the LSC First Pitch Tournament, keeping its record for the season above .500 at 10-9.
The Zias defeated Cameron 4-3 and lost to Central Oklahoma 6-3 on Saturday. In Friday’s games, ENMU got past Southwestern Oklahoma 2-1 before losing to Midwestern State 3-2 when the Lady Indians rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh.
“We faced some pretty good teams,” acting ENMU coach Amber Daniel said. “We were in every game.”
Junior Rosemary Moreno (3-2) picked up both Eastern wins in the event. She tossed a one-hitter against Southwestern on Friday with no walks and four strikeouts, and allowed just three hits against Cameron on Saturday with one walk and four strikeouts.
ENMU made a two-run third stand up against Southwestern in its first game on Friday as Moreno retired the Lady Bulldogs’ final nine hitters.
The Zias struck with two out in the third when Adriana Reyes singled to right, Tiina Whitt walked and Tori Picazo hit an RBI double to right. Whitt scored the second run on a Southwestern error.
Then junior Amanda Nightingale (4-2) carried a three-hitter and a 1-0 lead into the seventh against MSU, but the Lady Indians loaded the bases and tied it on a sacrifice fly by Kortney Kemper. With two out, the go-ahead runs scored on an error by ENMU shortstop Jessica Nocas.
Reyes walked with two out in the ENMU seventh and came home on Whitt’s double to right-center, but MSU reliever Jenny Deweber (4-2) got Picazo on a line drive to left to end it.
On Saturday, the Zias got RBI singles from Adina Taul in the second, Picazo and Kristin MacRunnels in the fourth and Whitt in the fifth and Moreno made it stand up with a solid pitching performance.
The Zias then lost to UCO when the Bronchos erased a 3-2 deficit with a three-run fifth against Patricia Gonzales (3-4). Gonzales gave up 11 hits over six innings, walking none and striking out four.
Christina Helland tied the game 2-2 with a run-scoring triple in the top of the fifth, then scored the go-ahead run when Picazo laid down a squeeze bunt single.
Helland led the Zias’ attack by going 3-for-4. She scored the Zias’ other run in the top of the first.

LSC First Pitch Tournament
At Irving, Texas
First game
ENMU 2, Southwestern Oklahoma 1
ENMU 002 000 0 — 2 5 2
SW Oklahoma 000 100 0 — 1 1 3
Rosemary Moreno and Tina Whitt; Danielle West, Kaleena Michieli (6) and Te Berry, Lacie Keplinger (6). W — Moreno (2-2). L — West (2-2). LOB — Eastern New Mexico 10, Southwestern Oklahoma 4. 2B — Eastern New Mexico: Tori Picazo. T — 1:52. A — 100.

Second game
Midwestern State 3, ENMU 2
Midwestern St. 000 000 3 — 3 6 3
ENMU 100 000 1 — 2 6 1
Ashley Kuchenski, Jenna Deweber (6) and Racheal Jackson; Amanda Nightingale and Courtney McClasky. W — Deweber (4-2). L — Nightingale (4-2). LOB — Midwestern State 6, Eastern New Mexico 8. 2B — Midwestern State: Amiee Duke. Eastern New Mexico: Whitt, Tracy Jordan. T — 2:00. A — 50.

Hounds split with East Central — On Friday at Ada, Okla., senior first baseman Mark Wallace hit a two-run triple as the ENMU baseball team scored four unearned sixth-inning runs after the first two batters were retired and went on to beat East Central 7-3 in the first game of a doubleheader.
ECU came back to take the second game 8-2, scoring in each of the first five innings. The teams split another doubleheader on Saturday with ECU winning the opener 16-7 before the Hounds came back for a 3-0 second-game victory behind the shutout pitching of senior right-hander Trevor Davis.
Trailing 2-0 in the sixth inning of Friday’s opener, ENMU’s Bryan Moore singled, went to third when Josh Kuchta reached on a two-base error by Tigers second baseman Joe Nard and scored when Brett Scherer was safe on another error by Nard.
Wallace followed with his two-run triple to right, and scored the final run of the inning on a single by Justin Gee.
ENMU (5-5) tacked on insurance runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Moore, a squeeze bunt single by Kuchta and a sacrifice fly by Scherer.
Junior Kelly Crain (2-2) allowed two hits with no walks and five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings, but left after hitting two batters. Senior Trevor Davis got the final five outs for his second save.
The Greyhounds took a 2-1 lead with two runs in the second in the nightcap on five singles and a walk, but had two runners thrown out on the bases to keep the inning from being bigger.
Meantime, the Tigers (6-6) went to work, pounding Scherer (1-1) for nine hits and six runs in four innings. Half of ECU’s 10 hits in the game were doubles.

First game
ENMU 7, East Central 3
ENMU 000 004 3 — 7 7 2
East Central 020 000 1 — 3 4 3
Kelly Crain, Trevor Davis (6) and Brian Green; Corey Hall and Cody Carrier. W — Crain (2-2). L — Hall 1-3. DP — Eastern New Mexico 1. LOB — Eastern New Mexico 3, East Central 6. 2B — Eastern New Mexico: Gilbert Alvarado. 3B — Eastern New Mexico: Mark Wallace. T — 1:39. A — 50.

Second game
East Central 8, ENMU 2
ENMU 020 000 0 — 2 8 1
East Central 122 120 x — 8 10 0
Brett Scherer, Kellen Smith (5) and Tyler Brown; David Henley and Carrier. W — Henley (1-1). L — Scherer (1-1). LOB — Eastern New Mexico 6, East Central 3. 2B — Eastern New Mexico: Marcus Walton. East Central: Miguel Abreu 2, Matt Stout, Jason Pinnell, Kevin Holly, Jay Neal. T — 1:40. A — 50.

ENMU women’s tennis team posts victory — The Zias opened their season in a mostly-LSC event at Plano, Texas, and notched a 6-3 win over Southeastern Oklahoma on Saturday after losing on Friday to Midwestern State 9-0 and East Central 6-3.
The Zias, playing without the injured Cassidy Bancks, had only five players available and had to default in each dual at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles. ENMU swept all five singles matches against the Lady Savages, including a 10-7 tiebreaker win by sophomore Kristen VanWettering at No. 3 after she and Southeastern’s Kelly Langford had split sets.
Freshman Ivana “Ivy” Moquino won at No. 4 singles and teamed with VanWettering for a victory at No. 2 doubles in Friday’s loss to ECU. Freshman Ashley Toye also won her match against the Lady Tigers at No. 5 singles.

At Plano, Texas
Midwestern State 9, ENMU 0
No. 1 —
Frida Arlegard (MSU) def. Elyse Jacques 6-2, 6-2; No. 2 — Cilia Muller (MSU) def. Erica Kelly 6-0, 6-1; No. 3 — Brenna Jackson (MSU) def. Kristen VanWettering 6-0, 6-2; No. 4 — Lacey Wutherich (MSU) def. Ivana Moquino 7-6 (7-0), 6-1; No. 5 — Michelle Watson (MSU) def. Ashley Toye 6-4, 6-4; No. 6 — MSU wins by default.
No. 1 —
Arlegard-Muller (MSU) def. Jacques-Kelly 8-4; No. 2 — Wuthrich-Jackson (MSU) def. VanWettering-Moquino 8-5; No. 3 — MSU wins by default.

East Central 6, ECU 3
No. 1 —
Segenchuk (ECU) def. Jacques 6-0, 6-2; No. 2 — Lotter (ECU) def. Kelly 6-0, 6-2; No. 3 — Cousins (ECU) def. VanWettering 6-0, 6-4; No. 4 — Moquino (ENMU) def. Lobnitz 7-5, 3-6 (11-9); No. 5 — Toye (ENMU) Rhynes 6-0, 6-1; No. 6 — ECU wins by default.
No. 1 —
Segenchuk-Lotter (ECU) def. Jacques-Kelly 8-5; No. 2 — VanWettering-Moquino (ENMU) def. Cousins-Lobnitz 9-7; No. 3 — ECU wins by default.

ENMU 6, Southeastern Oklahoma 3
No. 1 —
Jacques (ENMU) def. Lisa Donahue 6-1, 6-0; No. 2 — Kelly (ENMU) def. Billie Blocker 6-3, 6-4; No. 3 — VanWettering (ENMU) def. Kelly Langford 6-4, 4-6 (10-7); No. 4 — Moquino (ENMU) def. Ashley Beaumont 6-2, 6-1; No. 5 — Toye (ENMU) def. Jenna Newton 7-5, 6-2; No. 6 — SOSU wins by default.
No. 2 —
Jacques-Kelly (ENMU) def. Beaumont-Theresa Northam 8-2; No. 2 — Locker-Donahue (SOSU) def. VanWettering-Moquino 8-2; No. 3 — SOSU wins by default.