Zias earn split at UT-Permian Basin

Freedom New Mexico

ODESSA, Texas — Senior centerfielder Laura Thompson and freshman shortstop Melissa Williams went a combined 6-for-7, and the Eastern New Mexico University softball team rallied from a 2-0 first-inning deficit to claim a 3-2 win Wednesday in the second game of a doubleheader with University of Texas-Permian Basin.

The Falcons (11-32) had won nine of their previous 11 entering the nightcap, including a 1-0 win in the opener.

Thompson hit an RBI double in the top of the sixth to give the Zias (20-18) their first lead, and third baseman Cara Brydle snagged a fly ball to start a 5-3 double play to hold off the Falcons in the sixth.

Kimberly Crouse picked up the win, with two runs allowed on eight hits.

First game


First baseman Erica Hollingsworth reached on a one-out error and scored two batters later on another error in the eighth for the lone run in Wednesday’s opener.

The Zias, who lost despite a one-hitter from junior Kristen Cruickshank., managed five hits on the game. But ENMU had a runner thrown out in the first inning and left six runners on base.

Hollingsworth had a single in the third for the Falcons (11-31), while first baseman Crouse was 2-for-3 on the day for the Zias.