ABILENE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team threw a bit of a scare into 16th-ranked Central Oklahoma on Saturday, but the Zias left Abilene still looking for their first win of the season.
Down 7-0 and facing the possibility of the eight-run mercy rule, the Zias erupted for a five-spot in the bottom of the fifth inning. However, they were unable to get any closer as the Bronchos (3-1) pulled away to a 10-5 win in the Abilene Christian Classic.
Earlier, 22nd-ranked ACU (5-3) beat the Zias 9-1.
ENMU (0-9) roughed up UCO reliever Amanda McClelland, who beat the Zias on Friday, for four hits and five earned runs in two-thirds of an inning to pull to 7-5. Catcher Kyra Sirag hit a two-run double and scored on designated player Alberta Medina’s RBI single before Amy Smith walloped a two-run homer to left-center to chase McClelland.
The Bronchos added three unearned runs in the top of the sixth off ENMU reliever Katie Ramsay to rebuild their cushion.
In the first game, left fielder Madison Buckley homered and drove in three runs and the Wildcats hit the Zias with a six-spot in the bottom of the first, helped by two ENMU errors.
Buckley drove in a run in the first with a groundout, then hit a two-run homer in the fourth to cap the scoring in a game called after 4 1/2 innings by the eight-run rule.
Shelby Hall (3-0) picked up her second win over the Zias in the double-round-robin with a five-inning complete game, allowing just two hits and a third-inning unearned run. The Zias got on the board when Ke VonSchriltz and Beatriz Caporal reached on ACU errors leading off the inning and, with two out, Medina singled home VonSchriltz.
Ramsay (0-4) took the loss for the Zias, allowing nine runs — five earned — with three walks and two strikeouts.