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

UTPB 1, ENMU 0

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.