Quiroz quits Zias mid-season

By Mickey Winfield: PNT staff writer Less than an hour after the Zias softball team split a doubleheader Saturday at Zia Softball Field, second-year coach Armando Quiroz announced that he’s coached his last game at Eastern New Mexico University. Quiroz said he has been hired as the head softball coach for Pima (Ariz.) Community College, […]

Zia softball on-deck for Friday

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Kelsey Kubik didn’t know what to expect last spring when she came to Eastern New Mexico University to play softball, and she admits her teammates weren’t sure either. Suffice it to say, things went pretty well for her. She posted a Lone Star Conference-leading .439 batting average with eight home […]

Zias post second split with Wildcats

PNT staff ABILENE, Texas — Armando Quiroz wanted to be greedy, but in the end he was more than satisfied. His Eastern New Mexico University softball team earned a second consecutive split with Lone Star Conference South Division-leading Abilene Christian on Saturday, losing 5-1 and winning 6-2. The results keep the Zias (27-13, 8-4 South) […]

Zias face Abilene Christian

PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team has won seven in a row and 15 of its last 17. That hot streak is about to be put to the test. The Lone Star Conference’s top hitting teams collide when the Zias (26-12, 6-2 South) visit first-place Abilene Christian (27-8, 9-1) for four games, […]

Zias salvage split against Western New Mexico

Freedom Newspapers SILVER CITY — Senior Tina Whitt’s second home run of the game, a two-run shot in the top of the seventh, broke a tie and lifted Eastern New Mexico University to an 8-7 win over Western New Mexico on Monday and a split of their softball doubleheader. In the opener, Western got a […]

ENMU Zias’ softball completes sweep

Freedom Newspapers HOBBS — Behind good pitching and senior infielder Jessica Nocas’ 7-for-9 day, Eastern New Mexico University swept the College of the Southwest 4-0 and 10-2 Wednesday in a softball doubleheader. “I think we played well, although we can play better,” ENMU coach Armando Quiroz said. “For whatever reason, we came out a little […]

Zias work with transition

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By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers Tracy Jordan has run the gamut with Eastern New Mexico University softball. Recruited before the 2003 season, Jordan has played under a different coach every season. “It’s certainly a challenge, but the team stays pretty much the same with a couple of exceptions,” said Jordan, who is from Rosamond, Calif. […]

Equipment theft leaves Zias shorthanded

Freedom Newspapers Since he was hired as Eastern New Mexico’s softball coach in January, it’s been a rough go for Armando Quiroz. First, he stepped on a batting helmet while coaching third base during an intrasquad scrimmage in February, suffering a dislocated ankle which kept him from coaching the rest of the season. Then when […]

Zias have big task ahead

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By Dave Wagner Armando Quiroz has a big task at hand. Hired last week as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball coach, Quiroz inherited a team put together by Kevin Blaskowski before he took the head coaching job in December at rival West Texas A&M, which will begin competition next year. Four years removed from a […]

New ENMU coach anxious to get to work

By Dave Wagner Armando Quiroz wasn’t looking to change jobs. A month or so ago, Eastern New Mexico University wasn’t preparing to change softball coaches. The 55-year-old Quiroz, who has won three Arizona prep state championships in a four-year span at Tucson’s Flowing Wells, is ENMU’s fourth head softball coach in just over two years. […]