Cowgirls split with Eagles

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Martinez pitches, homers in 3-0 win

By Dave Kavanaugh

Efficiency was the name of the game for New Mexico Highlands’ softball team in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Chadron State in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference pod play.

The Cowgirls (7-32 overall, 4-24 RMAC) split two games with the Eagles (15-20, 13-15), having lost Sunday’s opener 10-6.

NMHU got just four hits — two by Ashley Paiz — in the 3-0 victory, but made the most of its baserunning opportunities.

In the top of the third, Samantha Butler’s sacrifice fly scored Melissa Martinez to break a scoreless tie.

Martinez and the Cowgirl defense prevented any answers from Chadron. Martinez held CSC to six hits and one walk through seven innings.

Highlands made it 2-1 in the sixth when Butler made it home on a fielding error, the second of the inning for the Eagles.

Martinez put an exclamation point on the day with a solo home run in the top of the seventh.

In the 10-6 loss, Highlands’ five-run rally in the top of the fifth wasn’t enough to overcome an early deficit. Chadron plated seven runs in the second and led 10-1 through four frames.

Paiz was 2 for 4; Kristy Partridge 2 of 3 with two RBI.

Katie Bolin led the Eagles, going 2 for 4 with three RBI.

Martinez fanned five but gave up 10 hits and nine runs in six innings.

The event was hosted in Colorado Springs.