LUBBOCK — There weren’t many highlights in season-opening softball doubleheader on Saturday.
The Zias, under first-year coach Kristen Soukup, managed only three hits in each game and were run-ruled in both by Lubbock Christian, losing 10-1 in the opener and 11-0 in the nightcap.
Junior college transfer Shelby Ripple, a junior from Rio Rancho, accounted for the Zias’ lone run of the day with a pinch-hit homer to center field in the fifth inning of the opener.
Other than that, it was tough sledding. The Lady Chaps (5-0) Got solid pitching outings from senior right-hander Courtney McGee (2-0) in the opener and sophomore righty Katera Eltsosie in the second game while pounding out 19 hits of their own in the twin bill.
Shortstop Megan Sullivan drove in five runs in the opener, including a fifth-inning grand slam that allowed LCU to walk off. Catcher Rebecca Billings and first baseman Megan Coburn hit two-run homers earlier in the contest.
The Lady Chaps jumped on starter Albie Medina for five first-inning runs in the nightcap, highlighted by a two-run homer from third baseman Jessica Loiacano. She added a two-run single in LCU’s five run third and Eltsosie helped her own cause with a two-run single in a three-run fourth.
Freshman shortstop Audrey Velasquez was the lone Zias player with more than one hit, collecting a single in each game.
The teams were originally scheduled by play a double-triangular on Friday and Saturday with Oklahoma Christian. Instead, they’ve scheduled another twin bill for noon today at Seminole (Texas) H.S., starting at noon (MST).