Zias’ win streak snapped at seven

Freedom New Mexico

DENTON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s high-flying softball
team got off to a fast start on Saturday. Then the Zias came crashing
to earth.

Texas Woman’s overcame an early 5-0 deficit to win the first game of
their Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader 7-5, then broke
open the second game with a four-run fifth en route to a 6-1 victory.

The losses snapped ENMU’s seven-game winning streak.

Kristen Cruickshank singled home a run in the first inning of the
opener, and the Zias put together a four-run second featuring a two-run
single by Alex Mayo Otis and Cruickshank’s run-scoring double.

Texas Woman’s Alli Packer then settled in, allowing just three hits
over the final five innings. Meantime, the Pioneers (13-11, 2-1 South)
pulled close with a four-run third capped by designated player Megan
Warren’s second home run of the season, a three-run shot to center.

The Pioneers took the lead with two runs in the fourth off Kimberly
Crouse (5-4), then added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth.

The Zias (12-7, 1-2) put two on with one out in the third and wasted
catcher Michelle Anderson’s leadoff triple in the fifth. Mayo Otis,
Cruickshank and Anderson each had two of ENMU’s seven hits off Packer
(2-3).

In the second game, TWU’s Ashley Martin held the Zias to six hits
and struck out nine. ENMU closed to 2-1 in the top of the fifth on
Laura Thompson’s two-out single and an RBI double to right field by
Mayo Otis.

The Pioneers struck for two runs in the first, one scoring on an
illegal pitch by Cruickshank (6-3). Texas Woman’s managed only one more
hit until the fifth when it scored four times on five hits.

Shortstop Jessica Lamonica and left fielder Billie Callahan doubled
home runs, while third baseman Erin Hinojosa hit an RBI single. The
final run came home on another illegal pitch.

Thompson and designated player Brittany Regalado each had two hits for the Zias.