Zias pick up twin-bill victory

Freedom Newspapers

Kelsey Kubik’s potent bat and Nicole Dickson’s right arm carried the day on Wednesday for Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team.

Kubik went 5-for-5 and homered in each game and Dickson threw nine shutout innings to pick up a pair of wins as the Zias swept Oklahoma Panhandle State 11-0 and 9-7 in their home opener at Zia Softball Field.

The games were moved from the Lady Aggies’ home field in Goodwell, Okla., due to poor field conditions. ENMU (6-2) will play at Goodwell on March 21.

Kubik hit a three-run homer and scored three runs in the Zias’ first-game rout, and added a solo homer and a pair of run-scoring singles in the nightcap.

Meantime, Dickson (5-2) cruised on a four-hit shutout in the run-rule-shortened, five-inning opener. She took over in relief of starter Alex Mayo-Otis in the fourth inning of the second game, allowing just two hits the rest of the way.

Playing their season-opening games, the Lady Aggies jumped on Mayo-Otis in the nightcap for two runs in the first and four in the second for a 6-3 lead.

Kubik’s leadoff homer and back-to-back doubles by Michelle Anderson and Rebecca Quinones cut the Aggies’ lead to one in the third. Kubik later capped a three-run fifth with a go-ahead RBI single to left.

In the opener, Quinones blasted a grand slam in a five-run first before Kubik’s three-run shot capped a four-run second against Lady Aggies senior Rachael Hughes (0-1). In the fourth, Anderson followed a walk to Kubik with a two-run homer to cap the scoring.

Quinones finished the day 4-for-5 and leads the Zias with a .500 batting average and 12 RBIs. Kubik, the defending Lone Star Conference batting champion, is hitting .480 with nine RBIs.

Second baseman Cathy Daza had two of Panhandle’s four first-game hits and finished the day 4-for-5.

Zia Linescores
First game
ENMU 11, Okla. Panhandle State 0
OPSU 000 00 — 0 4 1
ENMU 540 2x —11 10 0
Rachael Hughes and Roxanna Palacios; Nicole Dickson and Michelle Anderson. W — Dickson (4-2). L — Hughes (0-1). DP — Eastern New Mexico 1. LOB — Oklahoma Panhandle State 5, Eastern New Mexico 3. 2B — Oklahoma Panhandle State: Cathy Daza. Eastern New Mexico: Alex Mayo-Otis. 3B — Eastern New Mexico: Casandra McCommons. HR — Eastern New Mexico: Kelsey Kubik (1), Michelle Anderson (1), Rebecca Quinones (1). T — 1:15. A — n/a.

Second game
ENMU 9, Okla. Panhandle State 7
OPSU 240 100 0 — 7 12 1
ENMU 302 031 x — 9 13 3
Teena Joos, Hughes (6) and Palacios; Mayo-Otis, Dickson (4) and Tawna Tagaloa. W — Dickson (5-2). L — Joos (0-1). DP — Eastern New Mexico 2. LOB — Oklahoma Panhandle State 5, Eastern New Mexico 9. 2B — Oklahoma Panhandle State: Krystal Comeaux, Joos, Stacey Harbour. Eastern New Mexico: Anderson, Quinones. HR — Eastern New Mexico: Quinones (2). T — 2:15. A — 35.