For the first time this season, Zia Softball Field was the friendly confines for Eastern New Mexico University.
Alberta Medina went 5-for-7 on the day, while Erica Armendarez hit a pair of homers in the nightcap as ENMU pulled an 11-3, 12-9 doubleheader sweep Wednesday over New Mexico Highlands University.
Mary Jo Granger picked up both wins in moving to 5-5 on the season. She allowed three runs on eight hits in the run-rule shortened first game, then pitched 5 2/3 innings of relief in the second as ENMU (11-27) escaped an early 4-2 deficit to the visiting Cowgirls.
Coming in, the Zias were 0-9 at Zia Field, compared to 5-7 in neutral site games and 4-11 on the road.
ENMU sent nine to the plate in the second inning of the opener, highlighted by a two-run double by third baseman Shelby Ripple.
They sent nine to the plate again in the fourth and scored six runs, the final three on a homer to left by Elizabeth Velasquez.
Pitcher Jessica Brink took the complete game loss with 11 runs on 13 hits in four innings, but she went 2-for-3 at the plate with a solo homer in the fifth.
In the second game, ENMU sent 11 batters to the plate in the third and took advantage of a pair of Cowgirl errors.
Armendarez, who replaced starter Ripple at third to start the fifth inning, hit a solo shot to left in the fifth and a three-run shot in the sixth that put ENMU up 12-6 and turned out to be the deciding runs. It was the first multihomer game for a Zia since Taylor Howard did it in the 2011 season against Tarleton State.
Shortstop Annie Reynolds went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and drove in all of her runs via a three-run homer in the seventh.
The Zias will go back on the road for a four-game weekend series against Angelo State University. The 11th-ranked Rambelles enter the series on a six-game win streak. The series begins with a 6 p.m. single game on Friday.
Eastern New Mexico 11, N.M. Highlands 3
NMHU 101 01 — 3 8 1
ENMU 041 6X — 11 13 1
Jessica Brink and Tori Gil. Mary Jo Granger and Aurelia Sandoval. W — Granger (4-5). L — Brink (5-10). 2B — NMHU, Amber Cordero. ENMU, Alberta Medina, Shelby Ripple. HR — NMHU, Brink. ENMU, Elizabeth Velasquez. LOB — NMHU 8, ENMU 3. T — 1:18.
Eastern New Mexico 12, N.M. Highlands 8
NMHU 130 011 3 — 9 12 3
ENMU 205 013 X — 12 11 0
Jacquelyn Wood, Katelyn Bates (3) and Tori Gil. Cailin Garmon, Mary Jo Granger (2) and Aurelia Sandoval. W — Granger (5-5). L — Wood (6-8). 2B — NMHU, Gill, Dekota Monarrez, Amber Cordero. 3B — ENMU, Amanda Martinez. HR — NMHU, Annie Reynolds. ENMU, Erica Armendarez 2. LOB — NMHU 8, ENMU 7. T — 1:48. A— 108. Records — NMHU 11-21, ENMU 11-27.