Freedom New Mexico
Twice on Saturday, the Eastern New Mexico University softball team got within one out of beating fifth-ranked Angelo State.
In the end, all the Zias had to show for it was two Lone Star Conference South Division losses.
The Rambelles (19-4, 5-1 South) scored twice in the top of the seventh to take the opener 7-6, then tied the score in the second game with two in the seventh before scoring four in the eighth for a 10-6 victory at Zia Softball Field.
With the bases loaded and two out in the seventh inning of the opener, Angelo’s Laura Lopez hit a fly ball that ENMU left fielder Alex Mayo Otis couldn’t hold, allowing two runs to score on the error. The Zias (13-13, 0-6) had taken a 6-5 lead in the sixth on consecutive two-out RBI singles by Mayo Otis and Anna Hershkowitz.
ENMU broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth when center fielder Laura Thompson tripled with one out and scored on a two-out wild pitch by Angelo starter Rachel Walck. Mayo Otis followed with her first homer of the season, a shot over the center field fence.
The Rambelles came back for a 5-4 lead in the sixth on Leina Braxton’s third homer of the season, a three-run blast to right off ENMU starter Kristen Cruickshank.
Kari Galm (12-1), who pitched a complete game in the Rambelles’ 4-1 win on Friday, got the win in relief in the opener despite giving the run-scoring singles to Mayo Otis and Hershkowitz. Galm then went all eight innings to win her third in the series in the nightcap.