Freedom New Mexico
OKLAHOMA CITY — St. Gregory’s gave pitcher Sharon Bell one run to work with in the first inning, and she made it stand up.
Bell tossed the first no-hitter against Eastern New Mexico University since the University of New Mexico did it on Feb. 5,1999, pitching the Lady Cavaliers to a 1-0 win over the Zias in Oklahoma City University’s Hall of Fame Classic.
ENMU (19-24) split on both days of the event. The Zias won earlier Saturday 1-0 over Southern Nazarene behind the four-hit pitching of senior right-hander Nicole Dickson.
ENMU sophomore Kristen Cruickshank (8-9) took the tough-luck loss against the Lady Cavaliers, giving up the game’s only run on a squeeze bunt by St. Gregory’s catcher Cortney Reynaga.
Bell (17-2) allowed only two baserunners — a walk to Laura Thompson leading off the game, and a walk to designated player Brittany Regalado in the sixth inning. She struck out 10.
St. Gregory’s (27-7), ranked No. 15 in the NAIA, had six hits off Cruickshank, who walked one and struck out one. It was the sixth 1-0 game this season for ENMU, which has gone 2-4 in those contests.
ENMU 1, S. Nazarene 0 — First baseman Anna Hershkowitz delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth as the Zias edged the Crimson Storm.
Right fielder Haley Hays led off the ENMU sixth with a single to center against Southern Nazarene’s Andrea Frizell. Alex Mayo Otis then sacrificed Hays to second and, following a pop-up by Rebecca Quinones, Herskowitz drilled a single through the middle.
Dickson (4-3) gave up a hit in each of the first four innings, but retired 12 of the final 13 hitters. She had no walks, two hit batsmen and four strikeouts.