ENMU elevates interim softball coach

CNJ staff PORTALES — Amber Daniel came to the Eastern New Mexico University softball program as a graduate assistant in 2005, but in two of the last three campaigns she has taken over head coaching duties during the season. On Thursday, ENMU athletic director Mike Maguire said Daniel has been hired to coach the Zias […]

ENMU coach leaving in mid-season

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Less than an hour after the Zias softball team split a doubleheader Saturday at Zia Softball Field, second-year coach Armando Quiroz announced that he’s coached his last game at Eastern New Mexico University. Quiroz said he has been hired as the head softball coach for Pima (Ariz.) Community College, a […]

Zias post 8-inning victories

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ENMU’s Michelle Anderson swings at a pitch in Saturday’s second game of a softball doubleheader against New Mexico Highlands at Zia Softball Field. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico Zia softball team finished with a flurry of offense to complete a doubleheader sweep of New […]

ENMU softball team hoping to reload

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Freshman Alex Mayo-Otis practices bunting during ENMU softball practice on Friday afternoon. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Kelsey Kubik didn’t know what to expect last spring when she came to Eastern New Mexico University to play softball, and she admits her teammates weren’t sure either. Suffice it […]

Zias fall short of postseason

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Eastern New Mexico University catcher Tina Whitt (left) and pitcher Rosemary Moreno discuss the situation during the first game of the Zias’ Lone Star Conference South Division softball twin bill Saturday against Angelo State. (PNT photo: Karl Terry) By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Disappointed not to make the Lone Star Conference postseason tournament, […]

Zias face crucial weekend

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team hasn’t been playing that badly of late, just quite well enough. Still, the Zias control their own destiny as they prepare to end the regular season with noon Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheaders today and Saturday against Angelo State at Zia […]

Zias happy with split against division-leading Wildcats

Freedom Newspapers ABILENE, Texas — Armando Quiroz wanted to be greedy, but in the end he was more than satisfied. His Eastern New Mexico University softball team earned a second consecutive split with Lone Star Conference South Division-leading Abilene Christian on Saturday, losing 5-1 and winning 6-2. The results keep the Zias (27-13, 8-4 South) […]

Streaking Zias face crucial LSC contest

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team has won seven in a row and 15 of its last 17. That hot streak is about to be put to the test. The Lone Star Conference’s top hitting teams collide when the Zias (26-12, 6-2 South) visit first-place Abilene Christian (27-8, 9-1) for four […]

Zias rally for split against Mustangs

CNJ staff SILVER CITY — Senior Tina Whitt’s second home run of the game, a two-run shot in the top of the seventh, broke a tie and lifted Eastern New Mexico University to an 8-7 win over Western New Mexico on Monday and a split of their softball doubleheader. In the opener, Western got a […]

Zias sweep doubleheader in Hobbs

CNJ staff HOBBS — Behind good pitching and senior infielder Jessica Nocas’ 7-for-9 day, Eastern New Mexico University swept the College of the Southwest 4-0 and 10-2 Wednesday in a softball doubleheader. “I think we played well, although we can play better,” ENMU coach Armando Quiroz said. “For whatever reason, we came out a little […]

ENMU softball team seeking stability

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Zias freshman Nikki Varnell stretches for a grounder at third base during Friday’s softball practice. The Zias open the season Saturday in San Angelo, Texas. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — Tracy Jordan has run the gamut with Eastern New Mexico University softball. Recruited before the 2003 season, Jordan […]

Zias try to replace softball gear

CNJ staff PORTALES — Since he was hired as Eastern New Mexico’s softball coach in January, it’s been a rough go for Armando Quiroz. First, he stepped on a batting helmet while coaching third base during an intrasquad scrimmage in February, suffering a severely dislocated ankle which kept him from coaching the rest of the […]

Softball: Zias expected to pack more punch

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Armando Quiroz has a big task at hand. Hired last week as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball coach, Quiroz takes over a team that has endured three coaching changes in just over two years, two of them in January. They’ve gone 35-65 since 2003, including 5-35 in the […]

ENMU on fourth softball coach in two years

By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Armando Quiroz wasn’t looking to change jobs. A month or so ago, Eastern New Mexico University wasn’t preparing to change softball coaches. The 55-year-old Quiroz, who has won three Arizona prep state championships in a four-year span at Tucson’s Flowing Wells, is ENMU’s fourth head softball coach in […]