Zias place two on All-LSC South softball team

PNT staff

RICHARDSON, Texas — Junior right fielder Kelsey Kubik of Tucson, Ariz., and senior shortstop Jessica Nocas of Riverside, Calif., have been named to the All-Lone Star Conference South Division softball first team in selections released on Monday by the conference office.

All told, eight Zias were honored by the LSC, with three second-team choices and three more tabbed for honorable mention.

ENMU posted the second-most wins in the program’s nine-year history in 2006, going 33-21, and finished fifth in the seven-team South despite a 13-11 division mark.

Kubik and Nocas led a Zias team that set a school record with a .360 team batting average, pacing the LSC in that department for the second consecutive year. Kubik hit .439 with eight homers and a team-leading 50 runs batted in, while Nocas finished at .413 with 11 homers and 48 RBIs.

Seven Zias regulars hit at least .340 for the season, while parttimer Danielle Flores finished at .342. Seven players had at least seven homers as ENMU walloped a school-record 57 for the season — well over the previous single-season standard of 31 in 2001 and 2003.

Senior pitcher Rosemary Moreno of Midland, Texas, was named to the second team, along with senior second baseman Tracy Jordan of Rosamond, Calif., and junior center fielder Kristina Helland of Artesia. Earning honorable mention were senior catcher Tina Whitt of Riverside, sophomore first baseman Elizabeth Whipkey Orange, Calif., and sophomore left fielder Christina Helland of Rio Rancho.

Moreno went 19-9 with a 3.32 earned run average, pitching 23 complete games and seven shutouts in 27 starts while moving into second place behind Jennifer Harrer (2001) in the program’s history in both wins and innings pitched (191 2/3) in a season. She had a 10-4 mark in South Division games.

Jordan, a four-year regular, hit a career-best. 394 with seven homers and 43 RBIs while Goodman batted .384 from the leadoff spot with team-bests of four triples and 18 stolen bases.

Whitt batted .367 and had team-highs of 17 doubles and 13 homers — the latter a school record — to go with 48 RBIs. Whipkey posted a .343 batting average with four homers, while Helland hit .298 with seven home runs.