Pioneers hand Zias two losses

Texas Woman's likes to run the bases, as shown by its 110 steals this season (in 121 attempts).
As they demonstrated on Friday, though, the Pioneers can also hit for power. TWU smacked four home runs — including three two-run shots in the first inning of the nightcap — in a 10-0, 10-1 Lone Star Conference sweep of Eastern New Mexico University at Zia Softball Field.
Both games ended in six innings on the eight-run rule.
TWU (25-7, 8-2) stole three bases on Friday — all in the opener with Bailey Vrazel getting her 46th of the season and Addison Staley her 31st and 32nd. They stand 1-2 in the LSC in steals, and neither has been thrown out.
But the Pioneers went to work for four home runs over two innings — a grand slam by Kendra Sancet in the sixth inning of the opener, and shots by Sancet, Katie Hines and Lizzy Kelly in a seven-run first in the nightcap. TWU has 34 home runs this spring.
The damage in the opener came with two outs in the first. With Staley on second after a one-out double, Sancet launched one to straightaway center off ENMU freshman Amy Smith (3-12) for a 2-0 lead, the first of six consecutive Pioneers hits.
After Jordan Readicker singled, Hines homered to left. Then Sarah Wittenburg greeted reliever Katie Ramsay with a single and scored on a double by Kathryn Williams before Kelly homered to center.
The Zias (6-23, 1-10) got their only run when Melanie Alderette led off the bottom of the first with a walk, stole second, took third on catcher Tiffany Weise's throwing error and scored on Ramsay's base hit to center off Larisa Garcia (7-5).
Alderette is now 16-for-16 in steals this year, and ranks fourth in the league.
Garcia allowed six hits, walked three and struck out two in going the distance. In the opener, Hines improved to 13-0, allowing five hits and striking out four over five innings.
The teams wrap up the three-game series in an 11 a.m. start today.

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