Zias gain split at Highlands

LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Freshman Katie Ramsay hit her third homer of the year and a two-run double in the eighth inning, helping Eastern New Mexico University take a 6-4 victory over New Mexico Highlands University Wednesday afternoon at Cowgirl Field.

Ramsey also picked up the win, her first of the season in 11 decisions, in 1 1/3 innings of relief work that helped ENMU eventually finish the day with a split. The host Cowgirls (17-19) pulled off their own rally in the nightcap, scoring six in the eighth inning for a 7-6 victory.

After the Zias (7-25) scored on a passed ball and an error to take a 3-2 lead, the Cowgirls loaded the bases with a two-out double and a pair of walks. shortstop Brittany Potter lined a single into left field to tie the score up. Left fielder Melanie Alderette kept the Zias alive, nailing pinch runner Halie Thompson at the plate to end the threat.

Second baseman Kuuleiokealoha Vonschriltz hit a leadoff single in the eighth, later scoring on a single by Elizabeth Velasquez before Ramsay added a pair of insurance runs with her double to right.

Ramsay gave up a pair of doubles in the bottom of the inning, but induced a groundout to short from Molly McDougall.

In the nightcap, first baseman Amy Smith hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and the Zias took advantage of a wild pitch and a throwing error to help put together a three-run third to take a 6-0 lead.

But it fell apart for ENMU in the sixth, with a throwing error and four two-out hits, including a go-ahead two-run homer by right fielder Tres Oliphant.

Ramsay gave up five runs during the inning, as she took the loss to fall to 1-11 on the year.

The Zias are back in action Friday with a 4 p.m. doubleheader at Tarleton State.

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