Zias lose in Phoenix finale

CNJ staff

PHOENIX — The Eastern New Mexico University softball team closed out play in the Schutt Sports Division II Leadoff Classic softball tournament on Saturday, dropping a 5-3 decision to Minnesota State-Mankato.

The Zias went 2-1 in pool play, including a 3-1 win over Mankato, to advance to the gold bracket. They split a pair of games on Friday before losing in the rematch to the Mavericks on Saturday.

Junior Natalie Woodside (5-3) took the loss for the Zias. Junior Jessica Pacheco hit a solo home run for the Zias, her first of the season, while senior Anna Hershkowitz and sophomore Kristen Cruickshank each drove in a run for ENMU.

ENMU (11-6) returns to action on Friday, facing Fort Hays State in a 9:30 a.m. (MST) game in the Lady Buff Classic at Canyon, Texas, hosted by West Texas A&M.