Freedom New Mexico
Sophomore second baseman Rebecca Quinones enjoyed a huge day at the plate Wednesday as the Eastern New Mexico University softball team opened its home schedule with 11-3 and 28-0 routs of College of the Southwest at Zia Softball Field.
Quinones went 7-for-8 at the plate, including 4-for-4 in the opener. She had a three-run double, a two-run homer and six RBIs in the nightcap.
The Zias, who opened a six-game homestand this week, improved to 4-3 and extended their winning streak to four games.
Quinones hit her bases-clearing double in a nine-run second that staked the Zias to a 10-0 lead in the nightcap. She added a run-scoring double in a seven-run third and belted her first homer of the season in ENMU’s 11-run fourth.
Sophomore third baseman Tawna Tagaloa also drove in six runs in the second game, going 5-for-5 with two homers and a two-run double. Pitcher Natalie Woodside (1-2) worked four innings of three-hit ball and also smacked a two-run homer.
In the opener, Michelle Anderson capped ENMU’s four-run first with a three-run double as the Zias cruised to a five-inning win. ENMU finished the game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth before anyone had been retired, highlighted by center fielder Laura Thompson’s two-run triple.
Ten Zias combined to pound out 15 hits off CSW’s Ruby Garza (0-1) and Megan Navarette. Pitcher Kristen Cruickshank (2-1) and left fielder Alex Mayo Otis each had two hits.
Catcher Lea Santos and designated player Holly Bodway each had an RBI single for the Hobbs-based Lady Mustangs.
ENMU hosts New Mexico Highlands on Friday and Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday in noon doubleheaders.
ENMU 11, College of the SW 3
CSW 001 0 2 — 3 4 0
ENMU 403 0 4 — 11 15 1
Ruby Garza, Megan Navarette (5) and Lea Santos; Kristen Cruickshank, Brittany Regalado (5) and Michelle Anderson. W — Cruickshank (2-1). L — Garza (0-1). LOB — College of the Southwest 6, Eastern New Mexico 8. 2B — Eastern New Mexico: Alex Mayo Otis, Rebecca Quinones 2, Anderson, Brianna Darnell, Tawna Tagaloa. 3B — Eastern New Mexico: Laura Thompson. T — 1:25.
ENMU 28, College of the SW 0
CSW 000 0 0 — 0 3 4
ENMU 197 (11)x —28 23 1
Stephanie Ganaway, Ronnie Garcia (2), Emily Romero (4) and Holly Bodway; Natalie Woodside, Nicole Dickson (5) and Ashley Oliver. W — Woodside (1-2). L — Ganaway (0-1). DP — Eastern New Mexico 1. LOB — College of the Southwest 2, Eastern New Mexico 3. 2B — Eastern New Mexico: Laura Thompson 2, Quinones 2, Sarah Spencer, Tagaloa, Oliver 2, Casandra McCommons 2, Dickson. HR — Eastern New Mexico: Quinones (1), Tagaloa 2 (2), Woodside (1). T — 1:30. A — 50.