ENMU softball team rolls to easy wins

CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU pitcher Brittany Regalado tries to make the tag on College of the Southwest runner Katie Harrison in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Zia Softball Field. Harrison scored on the play, but the Zias swept the doubleheader 11-3 and 28-0.

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Sophomore second baseman Rebecca Quinones enjoyed a huge day at the plate Wednesday as the Eastern New Mexico University softball team opened its home schedule with 11-3 and 28-0 routs of College of the Southwest at Zia Softball Field.

Quinones went 7-for-8 at the plate, including 4-for-4 in the opener. She had a three-run double, a two-run homer and six RBIs in the nightcap.

The Zias, who opened a six-game homestand this week, improved to 4-3 and extended their winning streak to four games.

Quinones hit her bases-clearing double in a nine-run second that staked the Zias to a 10-0 lead in the nightcap. She added a run-scoring double in a seven-run third and belted her first homer of the season in ENMU’s 11-run fourth.

Sophomore third baseman Tawna Tagaloa also drove in six runs in the second game, going 5-for-5 with two homers and a two-run double. Pitcher Natalie Woodside (1-2) worked four innings of three-hit ball and also smacked a two-run homer.

In the opener, Michelle Anderson capped ENMU’s four-run first with a three-run double as the Zias cruised to a five-inning win. ENMU finished the game with four runs in the bottom of the fifth before anyone had been retired, highlighted by center fielder Laura Thompson’s two-run triple.

Ten Zias combined to pound out 15 hits off CSW’s Ruby Garza (0-1) and Megan Navarette. Pitcher Kristen Cruickshank (2-1) and left fielder Alex Mayo Otis each had two hits.

Catcher Lea Santos and designated player Holly Bodway each had an RBI single for the Hobbs-based Lady Mustangs.

ENMU hosts New Mexico Highlands on Friday and Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday in noon doubleheaders.