Zias capture four wins in South Central Region softball event


LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Sophomore second baseman Tracy Jordan went 8-for-14 with two home runs — a grand slam and a three-run shot — and 15 RBIs as the Eastern New Mexico University softball team completed a 4-2 weekend in the South Central Region crossover tournament.

ENMU (4-4) was edged by Colorado-Colorado Springs 8-7 in eight innings and by New Mexico Highlands 2-1 on Friday, but came back to beat Mesa State 4-3 and Adams State 7-1 on Saturday and Nebraska-Kearney 10-3 and Fort Lewis 8-0 on Sunday.

Lauren King pitched two complete-game wins, including a five-hit shutout against Fort Lewis.

Jordan drove in six of the seven runs against Adams State, wiping out a 1-0 deficit with a three-run double in the fourth and adding a three-run homer in the Zias’ four-run fifth. Maegan Rhoten, who went five innings for the win, and Chris McGee combined on a three-hit pitching effort.

In Saturday’s early game, Kyleigh Harris, Courtney McClaskey and Dani Flores all went 2-for-3 as ENMU built a 4-0 lead and held on. King gave up two runs in the sixth to let Mesa State get close, but pitched out a second-and-third, one-out jam in the inning to preserve the lead.

McGee tossed a complete-game seven-hitter against Kearney, with Jordan going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Jordan’s grand slam highlighted a five-run third against Fort Lewis, and McClaskey chipped in a pair of RBI singles.

On Friday, the Zias held a 7-6 lead with two out in the bottom of the eighth in a seesaw battle before Colorado Springs’ Kara Rainey won the game with a two-run single up the middle. Highlands then broke a scoreless tie with two in the top of the sixth and held on despite an RBI single from Jordan in the bottom of the inning.