Zias salvage series finale against Mustangs

PNT Staff

Eastern New Mexico University scored 11 runs in the bottom of the fifth Sunday to beat Western New Mexico 16-8 on the eight-run rule after five innings and salvage the finale of a four-game weekend series.
WNMU won the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader in five innings 18-7, scoring 11 times in the top of the fifth to break open a one-run game.
Freshman first baseman Elizabeth Whipkey drove in three runs with a pair of singles and junior second baseman Tracy Jordan smacked a two-run double in the Zias’ fifth-inning comeback in Game 2. ENMU, which led 5-1 after one inning, poked 11 hits in the fifth in erasing an 11-5 deficit.
ENMU (6-7) finished the game with 18 hits with Whipkzey, who drove in four runs, and Jordan each going 3-for-4 and five other players collecting a pair of hits.
Junior Patricia Gonzales (2-3) survived 13 Mustangs hits to pick up the pitching victory.
WNMU second baseman Stephanie Kirkpatrick went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs to lead the Mustangs (7-5) to a come-from-behind win in the opener.
Jessica Nocas hit a two-run double and Jordan and Tori Picazo belted two-run homers to stake the Zias to a 6-4 lead through two innings of the first game. But Kirkpatrick’s two-run single capped a three-run third that put the Mustangs ahead for good, and Western chased ENMU’s Amanda Nightingale (3-1) with an 11-run fifth that included two-run singles by Rachel Stahle and Kirkpatrick and a two-run double by Tiffany Devaurs.
Whipkey also had three hits for the Zias in that game. Western’s Megan Gross (5-1) survived the rocky start to pick up the win.
ENMU went 3-3 on its weekend homestand, sweeping a twin bill from New Mexico Highlands on Friday. The Zias are home again at 11 a.m. on Wednesday for a twin bill against Adams State.

Sunday
First game
Western New Mexico 18, ENMU 7
Western New Mexico 223 0(11)—18 19 4
ENMU 420 0 1 — 7 8 2
Megan Gross and Tiffany Devaurs; Amanda Nightingale, Natasha Lindsey (5) and Courtney McClasky. W — Gross (5-1). L — Nightingale (3-1). LOB — Western New Mexico 8, Eastern New Mexico 5. 2B — Western New Mexico: Devaurs 2, Cassidi Caringi, Rachel Stahle, Shaunna York. Eastern New Mexico: Jessica Nocas, Elizabeth Whipkey 2. HR — Western New Mexico: Melissa Lundwell (2). Eastern New Mexico: Tori Picazo (2), Tracy Jordan (1). T — 2:10. A — 37.

Second game
ENMU 16, Western New Mexico 8
Western New Mexico 151 1 0 — 8 13 2
ENMU 500 0(11)—16 18 3
Molly Yetman, Lundwell (5) and Devaurs; Patricia Gonzales and Tina Whitt. W — Gonzales (2-3). L — Yetman (2-4). LOB — Western New Mexico 10, Eastern New Mexico 5. 2B — Western New Mexico: Devaurs, Meredith Drahota, Lundwell. Eastern New Mexico: Christina Helland, Adriana Reyes, Picazo, Jordan 2, Kristin MacRunnels. T — 1:40. A — 43.