Abilene Christian outslugs Zias

Freedom Newspapers

PORTALES — If you have to score runs in bunches to win, second-year Abilene Christian softball coach Chantiel Wilson figures she has the team to do it.

Led by slugging first baseman Katie Bryan, the Wildcats banged out seven home runs and 33 hits in posting a 14-8, 11-7 Lone Star Conference South Division sweep over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday at Zia Softball Field.

Bryan, the LSC’s top home run hitter, went 6-for-8 with a walk in the twin bill. She drove in 12 runs with four homers — a two-run shot and a grand slam in each game.

“She’s a great hitter,” Wilson said of Bryan, a senior who leads the LSC with 15 home runs. “She works so hard, and it’s nice to see someone like that be successful.”

On Saturday, the Zias hit four home runs to just one for ACU — by third baseman Valerie Malkinson — and earned a split with the Wildcats, winning the nightcap 7-3 after losing the opener 15-10.

ENMU (15-22, 2-10 South) had plenty of offense on Friday, banging out 26 hits in the two games. Junior shortstop Jessica Nocas belted a three-run homer and drove in six runs in the opener for the Zias.