Zias’ Thompson, Cruickshank make All-LSC South

CNJ staff

RICHARDSON, Texas — Senior center fielder Laura Thompson and junior first baseman-pitcher Kristen Cruickshank represented Eastern New Mexico University on the All-Lone Star Conference South Division softball team, released Thursday by the conference office.

Two Zias were chosen for honorable mention — junior second baseman Rebecca Quinones and junior right fielder Alex Mayo Otis.

Thompson, from Towcester, Northants, England, was a repeat first-teamer for the Zias after transferring last season from Vernon College in Texas. Thompson batted .396 this season, with seven doubles, two triples and two homers.

She also broke the school’s career stolen base record with 53 over two seasons, surpassing 2007 ENMU Hall of Fame inductee Kim Paschall.

Cruickshank, from Glendale, Ariz., was selected as a utility player. She posted a .429 batting average with a school-record 14 homers in 2009, highlighted by a walkoff shot to beat Montana State-Billings 6-5 in an early-season tournament in Phoenix, and her 58 runs batted in were the second-most by anyone in Zias history.

She also compiled an 11-11 record in the circle with a 4.31 earned run average and 16 complete games, including three shutouts.

Quinones, from Gilbert, Ariz., was a first-team selection as a sophomore and an honorable mention choice as a freshman. She posted a .405 average with six homers and 34 RBIs in 2009, highlighted by a 12-game hitting streak.

Mayo Otis, from Phoenix, batted .381 with 12 doubles, four triples, five homers and 37 RBIs. She had two 15-game hitting streaks, the longest for the Zias since Kristina Goodman’s school-record 23-game streak in 2006.

Mayo Otis was a first-team choice as a freshman, when she batted .436, and earned second-team honors last season with a .366 mark.

Mayo Otis was also chosen to the LSC’s all-academic team. Zias players earning the LSC South’s commissioners honor role were junior catcher Michelle Anderson of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; sophomore second baseman Amanda Terry of Portales, and senior third baseman Nikki Darnell of Farmington.