Zias stay hot, sweep Mustangs

Freedom Newspapers

You could say the Eastern New Mexico University softball team fattened up on offense on Saturday.

The Zias hit better than .500 in both games of a doubleheader, pounding out 33 hits with every starter getting at least one in both games in a 9-1, 14-0 pounding of College of the Southwest at Zia Softball Field.

First baseman Elizabeth Whipkey went 6-for-7 for the day as the Zias (16-10) scored in all nine turns at bat in the run-rule shortened contest. ENMU improved to 6-0 this season against the second-year Mustangs, coached by former ENMU coach Ron Landschoot.

Seniors Jessica Nocas and Tina Whitt each hit her team-best seventh home run of the season in the opener. Whitt drove in three runs with a bases-loaded walk in the third and a two-run homer in the fourth, while Nocas finished 3-for-3.

Senior Amanda Nightingale (4-2) cruised to the win, allowing three hits and an unearned run in the fourth. The Mustangs (4-12) contributed to their own downfall with six errors.

In the second game, Whipkey collected a double and three singles while senior second baseman Tracy Jordan went 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Whipkey and Whitt hit consecutive two-out RBI doubles in the first before Jordan singled home Whitt for a 3-0 lead.

Designated hitter Courtney McClasky belted a two-run homer in the Zias’ three-run third, and ENMU finished it off with seven runs in the fourth on eight hits highlighted by two-run singles from Christina Helland and Jordan.

Senior Rosemary Moreno threw a five-inning three-hitter for the win. She walked no one and struck out seven.

The Zias went 14-for-27 as a team in the opener, and 19-for-30 in the second game for a .579 team batting average for the day. Meantime, they limited College of the Southwest to just one run and 13 hits — all singles — in the four-game series.