ENMU campitalizes in 7-5 win


February 16, 2020

TUCSON, Ariz. — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team certainly made the most of the least on Friday, and as a result had two wins to show for the opening day in the Cactus Classic.

The Greyhounds had just four hits — but three were home runs — and rallied to pull out a 7-5, eight-inning win over Colorado Mesa in their second game. Earlier, they edged Simon Fraser 5-4.

ENMU (4-1) was slated to face Hawaii-Hilo and Lindenwood (Mo.) on Saturday before finishing the event on Sunday with games against California (Pa.) and Southern Nazarene.

The Hounds had just seven baserunners against Colorado Mesa, but all of them scored and they rode three home runs to the victory. Meantime, the Mavericks stranded 11 runners, leaving the bases loaded in both the seventh and eighth innings.

Mesa’s Ellie Smith retired the first 13 Hounds before left fielder Jenny McElroy reached her for a tying home run in the fifth inning. Two batters later, first baseman Tianna Boone belted a two-run shot for a 3-1 lead.

The Mavericks (6-3) tied it on a two-run homer by first baseman AnnMarie Torres in the bottom of the inning. ENMU went back in front when designated player Breanna Loyola clouted a one-out homer in the top of the seventh, but Mesa tied it on a two-out, bases-loaded walk to third baseman Bailey Kleespies in the bottom half.

ENMU took a 7-4 lead in the eighth, scoring the go-ahead run on an RBI single by second baseman Elysa Rodriguez off Mavericks reliever Paige Adair (1-2). They added insurance runs on Jokaira Parades’ RBI groundout and a run-scoring wild pitch and an RBI groundout by Jokaira Parades.

Freshman right-hander Brook Leger (3-0) surrendered a run-scoring groundout to pinch-hitter Sara Staudle in the bottom half, but got cleanup hitter Camryn Mullen on a lineout to left to end it with the tying runs in scoring position. Leger allowed eight hits and three earned runs, with four walks and 11 strikeouts.

Against Burnaby, B.C.-based Simon Fraser (3-3), the only Canadian NCAA school with a roster made up entirely of Canadians, ENMU gave up a 3-0 lead when the Clan scored four unearned runs in the top of the fifth to chase freshman left-hander Jordan Bowman, but the Hounds responded with two in the bottom half on an RBI double by Cline and a sacrifice fly by McElroy.

Cline led the Hounds’ nine-hit attack by going 3-for-3, and finished with three RBIs with RBI singles in the first and third innings. Freshman right-hander Lauren Avalos (1-0) replaced starter Jordan Bowman in the fifth and earned the win with 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief.


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