Zia softball upsets 17th-ranked Mustangs

Freedom New Mexico

SAN ANTONIO — Sophomore Kristen Cruickshank pitched a four-hitter and drove in the game’s only run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly as Eastern New Mexico University blanked 17th-ranked Midwestern State 1-0 on Saturday in the St. Mary’s Classic softball tournament.

The Zias (1-3) lost their first game on Saturday to ninth-ranked host St. Mary’s 5-1. They face Texas A&M-International at 9 a.m. (MST) today to complete their schedule in the season-opening event.

Kruickshank (1-0) walked just one and struck out two, allowing the Mustangs only four singles in the contest. Meantime, Midwestern’s Katie Peterson blanked the Zias until Cruickshank delivered Alex Mayo Otis with her scoring fly ball to left field in the sixth.

Mayo Otis led off the inning with a single to left and advanced to third when Mustangs third baseman Kristen Stonecipher threw away Rebecca Quinones’ sacrifice bunt.

Kruickshank and center fielder Laura Thompson each had two of ENMU’s six hits off Peterson, who walked none and struck out six.
Earlier, St. Mary’s Malissa Magee (2-0) and Brittany Kettinger combined on a two-hitter, and the Rattlers broke open a tight game with a three-run sixth against Natalie Woodside (0-2).

St. Mary’s scored twice in the first inning, and the Zias cut the margin in half in the top of the sixth on an one-out RBI double by Quinones. But with the tying and lead runs in scoring position, Magee preserved the lead by striking out Ashley Oliver and Anna Hershkowitz.

Kelsey Walker hit a sacrifice fly off Woodside in the bottom of the inning, and first baseman Lindsay Barnes all but put the game out of reach with a two-run homer.