ENMU Zias’ softball completes sweep

Freedom Newspapers

HOBBS — Behind good pitching and senior infielder Jessica Nocas’ 7-for-9 day, Eastern New Mexico University swept the College of the Southwest 4-0 and 10-2 Wednesday in a softball doubleheader.
“I think we played well, although we can play better,” ENMU coach Armando Quiroz said. “For whatever reason, we came out a little flat.”
In the first game, senior Rosemary Moreno struck out seven in a complete game shutout to propel the Zias (4-3) to a win.
Nocas was Eastern’s offense catalyst, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. In the second game, Nocas stayed hot, going 4-for-5 with a single, two doubles, and a grand slam.
“She said it was the first grand slam she’s ever hit on any level,” Quiroz said.
Junior outfielder Kristina Goodman went 4-for-7 from the leadoff spot for the day. Quiroz said the Zias played well in the field.
“We really buckled down and played good defense,” Quiroz said. “And our pitching has been very good so far, I’m really pleased.”

Former ENMU baseball player dies in car crash
Stephen Marquez, a former shortstop on the 1995 and 1996 Eastern New Mexico University Greyhound baseball teams, died Feb. 3 in an auto accident in Wyoming. According to an ENMU press release, Marquez holds the ENMU single season home run record after hitting 12 homers in 1995.
The Alamogordo native holds records for RBI’s in a game (7) and RBI’s in a season (58). Other records held by the former standout include sacrifice flies in a season (6) and assists in a game (8). ENMU Head Coach Phil Claybaugh said Marquez was partly responsible for making ENMU a Lone Star Conference power.
“He was one of the most feared hitters in the Lone Star Conference in those days,” Claybaugh said. “In many ways he was the one player who turned us from an average team into a team that could challenge for the conference title. In my 20 years of coaching, when I make my list of the top nine hitters I’ve ever coached, he’s certainly one of them.”
Marquez was working for the Air Force and was stationed in Wyoming prior to the fatal crash.
Services for Marquez are scheduled for 3 p.m. Feb. 9 at Sears Mortuary in Alamogordo. A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Alamogordo.
A mass in his honor will be performed at 10 a.m. Feb 10 at the church.oce.