Zias drop pair of games in crossover event

CNJ staff

IRVING, Texas — First baseman Rachel Sill drilled a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the first and Southeastern Oklahoma made it stand up for a 3-1 win over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday in the Lone Star Conference crossover tournament.

The event brings together the seven schools in each of the LSC’s two divisions. Each school is scheduled to play four teams from the other division over the two-day period.

ENMU (20-20) lost its first game on Friday to Northeastern State 5-1 in eight innings. The tournament operated through weather problems on Friday, and it was uncertain if Saturday’s games would go on as scheduled.

Sill hit her sixth homer of the season off ENMU’s Nicole Dickson (12-6) after a two-out single and stolen base by Rachel Lynn.

The Savage Storm (15-19), which snapped a school-record 10-game losing streak, added an unearned run off Dickson in the second inning.

The Zias, who have lost three in a row after winning nine of 11, got on the board in the fourth when designated player Kristen Cruickshank hit a two-out single to center and rode home on a double to left-center by Alex Mayo Otis.

But that was their last baserunner against Southeastern’s Carly Goodnight (8-10), who retired the final 10 hitters. Goodnight finished with a four-hitter, walking one and striking out seven.

Northeastern State 5, ENMU 1 — The Zias missed a chance to beat the 10th-ranked Lady Reds in the bottom of the seventh, then gave up a four-spot in the top of the eighth.

ENMU had runners at first and second with two out in the seventh when rain caused a delay of 1 hour, 40 minutes. When play resumed, Lady Reds pitcher Missy Fox (5-0) got the Zias’ Kristina Goodman on a groundout to third.

Playing the international tiebreaker in extra innings — each team starts with a runner at second — the Lady Reds parlayed three hits and two errors into four runs. The go-ahead run scored on a throwing error by third baseman Casandra McCommons, then Angela Long and Kelsey Totten hit RBI singles and pinch-hitter Kaci Berg drew a bases-loaded walk.

Northeastern State (22-5) broke through in the fifth on Aimee Bohanon’s two-out RBI single. The Zias tied it in the bottom half on a leadoff double by Mayo Otis, a sacrifice and McCommons’ RBI single to right.

Both Fox and Cruickshank (6-9) went the distance in the circle. Fox allowed four hits and struck out eight while Cruickshank gave up nine hits and three earned runs, with two walks and three strikeouts.