Zias absorb losses from LSC opponents

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s women were competitive in a number of matches, but the Zias managed only wins by Australian freshmen Millie Weeks and Alex Taylor at No. 1 doubles on Friday in dropping 8-1 decisions to Lone Star Conference rivals Cameron and Midwestern State in a two-day quad meet at Zia Tennis Complex.

Weeks and Taylor rallied from a 5-1 deficit to edge Cameron’s Thatianne Moreia and Megan deBlonk 8-6, then won a tie-breaker to take a pro-set from Melissa Prazeres-Silva and Ann Indeherberge of Midwestern 9-8. The Aussies have now teamed up for four wins this season.

Weeks won a first-set tiebreaker from Moreira at No. 1 singles, but lost a 10-point tiebreaker after dropping the second set and did likewise against Indeheberge after winning the opening set 6-4.

In the first dual of the day, Midwestern handed Western New Mexico a 7-2 loss, while a late match on Friday sent Cameron against WNMU.

ENMU faces Western New Mexico at 9 a.m. today to close out the event. Midwestern and Cameron will not play.

Softball — At San Angelo, Texas, Angelo State broke ties with big sixth innings in both games and the Rambelles opened Lone Star Conference South Division play with a 6-3, 9-7 sweep of ENMU in the Lone Star Conference South Division openers for both teams.

The squads meet again in an 11 a.m. (MST) twin bill today to close out the four-game series.

Angelo State (22-5) broke open a 3-3 game on Whitney Meeks’ sacrifice fly and first baseman Brittney Cargill’s two-out, two-run homer off ENMU freshman Kristen Cruickshank (2-5).

The Zias (11-12) led 1-0 and 2-1 early, but Angelo took the lead with two runs in the fourth. ENMU pulled even in the top of the fifth on a two-out double by Valerie Villela and an opposite-field, run-scoring single to right by Kelsey Kubik.

Villela and Kubik each went 2-for-4 off Angelo’s Kari Galm (10-3), who went the distance on a six-hitter.

In the nightcap, Kruickshank blasted a two-out, three-run homer, capping a four-run first, and the Zias made it 5-0 in the second on pitcher Nicole Dickson’s RBI single. The Rambelles tied it, though, with a five-run third highlighted by right fielder Whitney Meek’s two-run single.

The game stayed 5-5 until the sixth, when Galm, Kandace Kubat and Meeks hit consecutive run-scoring doubles off ENMU reliever Alex Mayo-Otis. The Zias cut the margin in half in the seventh on two-out RBI singles by Casandra McCommons and Kristina Goodman, but Cargill (8-2) finished off a complete game by getting Villela to ground out to second.

Six of the Zias’ seven runs off Cargill were unearned, the result of five Angelo State errors