Zias get split at Canyon

CMI staff

CANYON, Texas — A four-game winning streak finally came to an end for the Eastern New Mexico University softball team on Saturday in the WT Invitational, hosted by West Texas A&M.

Still, the Zias (4-6) showed some spunk in pounding 26 hits while beating Colorado Mesa 12-7 in eight innings and losing to Metro State 8-3.

The Zias won a seesaw first game against the Mavericks (0-3), erupting for seven runs in the first extra inning, which featured the international tiebreaker rule. Each team places the player who made its final out of the seventh at second base to start the inning.

ENMU took advantage of three of Mesa’s seven errors to break it open against Mesa’s Jessica Severinsen (0-2), who pitched all eight innings and threw 136 pitches.

Mary Jo Granger relieved starter Albie Medina to begin the second and went the rest of the way to pick up her second win of the weekend. She allowed seven hits and six runs — four earned — while 10 Zias contributed hits, including a 3-for-5 outing by third baseman Shelby Ripple.

ENMU took a 2-0 lead on Medina’s two-run single in the third, but winning pitcher Aubree Maul (1-1) worked around 11 hits and managed to strand 11 Zias on base. Metro State (3-1) chased Granger (2-2), working again in relief, with a five-run fifth to take a 7-3 lead.

The Zias, who won twice on Friday, wrap up the three-day event pitting Lone Star Conference and Rocky Mountain Conference teams against each other when they face Adams State at noon (MST) today.

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