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 […]

Cruickshank throws no-hitter for Zias

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Sophomore Kristen Cruickshank threw what is believed to be the fourth no-hitter in Eastern New Mexico University softball history Saturday as the Zias blanked New Mexico Highlands 9-0 in the Bronze Bracket championship game of West Texas A&M’s Lady Buff Classic. ENMU (13-8) beat defending NAIA champion Oklahoma City University […]

Zias settle for split at CSW

CNJ staff HOBBS — The hitting woes continued for the Eastern New Mexico University softball team on Tuesday. After scoring just nine runs in losing three of four games in a Lone Star Conference South Division series at Texas Woman’s over the weekend, the Zias dropped the opener of a twin bill to College of […]

Zias get past Adams State twice

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Adams State’s Lindsey Marsh slides around the tap of ENMU shortstop Valerie “Bulldog” Villela to steal third base during the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader at Zia Softball Field. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer PORTALES — There’s nothing like a nice little cushion to make a pitcher feel comfortable. […]

Zias drop pair of games in crossover event

CNJ staff IRVING, Texas — First baseman Rachel Sill drilled a two-out, two-run homer in the top of the first and Southeastern Oklahoma made it stand up for a 3-1 win over Eastern New Mexico University on Friday in the Lone Star Conference crossover tournament. The event brings together the seven schools in each of […]

Zias bounce back from loss to trounce WT in nightcap

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Freshman catcher Michelle Anderson belted a grand slam Saturday as Eastern New Mexico University routed West Texas A&M 12-1 to gain a split of its Lone Star Conference South Division softball doubleheader. Freshman right-hander Kristen Cruickshank blanked the Lady Buffs until the bottom of the fifth, allowing six singles and […]

Zias win under interim coach

CNJ staff HOBBS — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team dominated early in the opener and late in the nightcap en route to a doubleheader sweep of College of the Southwest on Wednesday. The Zias scored six runs in the first and cruised to a 9-2 first-game win, then overcame a 4-0 first-inning deficit to […]

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 win twice in WT softball event

CNJ staff CANYON, Texas — Junior Nicole Dickson and freshman Kristen Cruickshank pitched complete games as Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team won twice on Friday in the Lady Buff Invitational. Dickson pitched a four-hit shutout and Rebecca Quinones squeezed home the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth in a 6-0 victory over […]