Zias end losing streak, sweep Panhandle State

CMI staff

GOODWELL, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team broke out of its 13-game losing streak, as broadcaster Marv Albert would say, “with authority” on Tuesday.

The Zias pounded out 29 hits, including 19 in the abbreviated second game, in a 11-6, 18-3 non-league sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State.

Junior center fielder Amanda Martinez went 4-for-4 in the nightcap and finished 6-for-7 in the doubleheader. The Zias (9-23) built a 7-0 lead in the opener, watched the Aggies (6-25) pull to 7-6 on a fifth-inning grand slam by catcher Madison Heatherington, and then pulled away for good with a four-run seventh.

Freshman Cailin Garmon (5-12), who pitched a five-inning complete game in the nightcap, worked 3 2/3 innings in the opener for the win. The only hit she allowed in that stint was Heatherington’s slam, but she got Heatherington to hit into a game-ending 5-4-3 double play in the seventh after issuing a leadoff walk.

Eight players combined for 10 hits for the Zias. Meantime, Heatherington added a fifth RBI during OPSU’s two-run fourth with a fielder’s choice grounder.

In the second game, Garmon had a four-hit shutout going into the fifth, but struggled to finish it, giving up three hits, walking one and hitting two. She finally struck out leadoff hitter Anyssa Barbosa to end it, leaving the bases loaded.

ENMU jumped on top on Marleyna Pinon’s two-out, three-run double in the first and kept piling on, capped by a seven-run, seven-hit fifth that included two doubles, a triple and third baseman Shelby Ripple’s two-run homer, her third of the season.

Pinon also went 4-for-4, finishing with four RBIs, while Ripple and Garmon each added three hits.

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