SAN ANGELO, Texas — Left fielder Christina Helland threw out the potential tying run at third base in the bottom of the seventh Saturday night, helping preserve Eastern New Mexico’s 3-2 victory over West Texas A&M in the season-opening Angelo State Classic softball tournament.
The Zias lost to Angelo State on Friday, but won two of three games Saturday to square their record for the young season. ENMU meets WT again at 10 a.m. and UT-Permian Basin at noon today to complete its play in the event.
Earlier on Saturday, the Zias beat Permian Basin 9-1 and lost to Angelo 11-7.
Junior Nicole Dickson, making her fourth start of the weekend, scattered WT hits in a complete-game effort. She walked two and struck out four.
Catcher Tawna Tagaloa drove in two of ENMU’s runs against the Lady Buffs with singles in the second and fourth innings. Rebecca Quinones scored on a wild pitch to cap the Zias’ two-run second off WT’s Sondi Giles (0-1).
Earlier, Dickson worked four shutout innings in the win over Permian Basin in a game stopped in the bottom of the fifth on the eight-run rule.
The Zias scored in all five innings, taking control in a five-run first that featured RBI singles by Alex Mayo-Otis and Dickson and a three-run triple by Michelle Anderson.
Center fielder Kristina Goodman led the Zias’ 14-hit attack by going 3-for-3 and scoring twice. Ten players had at least one hit.
In the middle contest, Angelo State scored six times in the top of the first to chase Dickson. Mayo-Otis pitched the final 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs — two earned.
Designated player Kaycee Taylor and second baseman Dionne Lopez were both 3-for-4 for the Rambelles, with Lopez driving in four runs.
Anderson went 3-for-3 with three doubles and a walk for ENMU, while Goodman was 3-for-4.