Zias get split at Texas A&M-Kingsville

PNT staff

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s Rosemary Moreno fired her seventh shutout and earned her 19th complete game of the season on Friday, pitching the Zias to a 6-0 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the opener of a Lone Star Conference South Division softball doubleheader.

The Javelinas came back to win the second game 6-3, dropping the Zias (30-18, 10-8 South) into a virtual tie for third with Angelo State (26-23, 9-7). The Rambelles swept Tarleton State 8-0 and 4-1 on Friday.

Kingsville (20-25-1, 7-8-1) is also in the hunt for one of three berths from the South in the league’s postseason tournament later this month in Irving, Texas.

The Zias and Javelinas complete their series with a noon (MDT) twin bill today.

ENMU collected 12 hits in the opener, with shortstop Jessica Nocas going 3-for-4 and center fielder Kristina Goodman and right fielder Kelsey Kubik both finishing 2-for-4. Eight Zias posted at least one hit.

Moreno (17-6) needed just 70 pitches in the shutout effort, allowing five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. It was the fifth consecutive game without allowing a walk for the ENMU pitching staff.

In the second game, freshman right-hander Nora Aguilar (9-7) surrendered 12 hits, but blanked the Zias until the fifth inning when Kubik rocketed a one-out, three-run homer to left.

By that time, though, the damage had been done.

Kazzie Rezza hit an RBI single to right in the first, then Amanda Moquin led off the second with a double and scored on a single to center by Sally Lozano.

The Javs broke the game open with a four-run third, chasing ENMU starter Natasha Lindsey (8-8).

Rezza led off with a single, and two walks loaded the bases with one out. Erika Flores then hit a two-out, two-run single to center, and Goodman’s error on the play allowed another run to score.

Lozano followed with an RBI single to center for a 6-0 lead.

Kubik had three hits in the game and finished the day 5-for-8, raising her team-leading batting average to .463. Designated player Tina Whitt went 2-for-4, while everyone else in the Zias’ batting order had one hit.