Zias sweep University of the Southwest

Freedom New Mexico

Senior first baseman Taylor Howard hit three home runs and drove in 11 runs Wednesday as the Eastern New Mexico University softball team swept the University of the Southwest in a non-conference doubleheader.

Howard was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and four RBI as the Zias won the opener 11-4.

Erin Roufosse (3-11) went the distance, scattering nine hits while striking out six and walking one.

Katlyn Medrano added a two-run home run — her third of the season — as the Zias banged out 16 hits.

Mari Niebjas went 3-for-3 for Hobbs-based UofSW (10-12).

Howard added a pair of home runs as the Zias took the second game 13-4, including a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning that triggered an eight-run rule that ended the game. It was Howard’s third multiple homer game of her career.

Junior third baseman Paige Colburn hit a grand slam in ENMU’s five-run first. It was the first time in school history the Zias hit two grand slams in a game.

Tessa Fioritti and Medrano added three hits each for the Zias, who finished with 15 hits.

Brittany Widner (2-3) picked up the win.

Liz Garcia was 3-for-3 with three doubles for UofSW.