Zias win two in Phoenix

Freedom New Mexico

PHOENIX — Junior outfielder Alex Mayo Otis went 3-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team won twice on Saturday in the Schutt Sports Division II Leadoff Classic, beating Montana State-Billings 7-6 and handing previously unbeaten Dixie State a 5-3 setback.

Mayo Otis went 2-for-4 against Billings, hitting a game-tying homer while junior Kristen Cruickshnk went 2-for-4 with a two-run single and a game-winning homer. Senior outfielder Jessica Pacheco also had two hits, whilc Cruickshank (2-1) allowed seven hits in earning the pitching victory.

Cruickshank then homered twice and drove in four runs against Dixie State (8-1). Junior Kimberly Crouse (2-3) limited Dixie to seven hits, with two walks and eight strikeouts.

The Zias (4-4) complete play in the event today with games against St. Martin’s and Western New Mexico.