The New Mexico Highlands University Cowgirls improved to 3-4 after sweeping their non-conference doubleheader against Oklahoma Panhandle State University on Wednesday in Goodwell, Okla.
The Cowgirls won the first game 10-2 in five innings behind the pitching of Ashley Paiz. The Cowgirls then turned around and won the second game 4-2 on the strength of pitcher Melissa Martinez' seven complete innings of work.
With the two wins over the Aggies, the Cowgirls, led by head coach Shellie Broyles, bounced back from a 1-4 start in this past weekend’s Desert Stinger Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev.
In the first game of the double header Highlands hit .370 as a team to rack up their 10 runs. The Cowgirls were led offensively by Ashley Paiz, Roxanne Avalos and Natasha Reyes. Paiz went 2 for 3 from the plate with three runs batted in, scoring twice with an inside the park homerun. Avalos was also 2 for 3 at the plate with two RBI, scoring once with a home run. Reyes rounded out the Cowgirls' offensive performance hitting 3 of 4 with one RBI, one run and two doubles.
Paiz (1-0) captured her first win of the season pitching the full five innings for the Cowgirls. Paiz allowed only two runs on four hits, with three walks and striking out one from 24 batters faced in the game.
In the second game of the doubleheader Highlands hit .357 as a team in to come up with four runs and the victory. This assault was led by Cowgirls Regina Aragon, Shelby Hoffman, and Samantha Butler. Aragon went 2-4 at the plate hitting a double, with two RBI and scoring one run. Hoffman was also 2-4 from the batter's box hitting a triple, with one RBI, and scoring one run. Butler hit 1-3 with a walk and scored one run to complete the Cowgirls’ offensive assault in the game.
Cowgirl ace Melissa Martinez (2-3) secured her second win of the season in a strong pitching performance that saw her go the distance in the game. Martinez allowed two runs on six hits, walking one batter, hitting two and striking out four in her seven innings of work. Martinez improved her season strikeout total to 28.
The Cowgirls will be in action again on Tuesday, Feb. 22, in their first home series against West Texas A&M University. NMHU will host the Lady Buffs at Cowgirl Field in a non-conference doubleheader with a start time of 1 p.m.
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New Mexico Highlands’ women’s indoor track and field team is scheduled to be off this coming weekend but will return to action Feb. 25 for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship meet in Kearney, Neb.
The Cowgirls are led by All-American Angella Graham, who is ranked nationally on performance lists for NCAA Division II.