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Madison Heathington brought in four runs with a grand slam homer Tuesday against Eastern New Mexico.—Kelsey Moser photoMadison Heathington brought in four runs with a grand slam homer Tuesday against Eastern New Mexico.—Kelsey Moser photo
**For Immediate Release** ENMU Sweeps Aggie Softball at Home By Justine Gaskamp on 03/26/2014 Goodwell, Okla.—The Eastern New Mexico University Zias put up 29 runs against the Aggies in Tuesday's double-header, taking game one 11-6 and game two 18-3.

The games were originally scheduled to be played earlier in the month, but were rescheduled due to poor weather conditions.

The Zias jumped out to a 5-0 lead early in game one, scoring four runs in the first inning and one in the second. After a quiet third inning, each team brought in two runs in the fourth to make the score 7-2 in favor of the visiting team.

The Aggie defense held the Zias to zero runs in the top of the fifth which brought OPSU's Lilli Ward to the plate; Ward was walked to first and grabbed an extra base stealing second with Rachel Thompson up to bat. Thompson also walked to first and was followed by Laura Trehal who also reached base on balls.

With bases loaded Madison Heathington stepped up and knocked a grand slam home run to center field good for four RBI. The four runs put the Aggies only one run behind ENMU (7-6).

Zero runs scored in the sixth, but the Zias came back in the seventh scoring four runs off of defensive errors by the Aggies. ENMU kept the Aggies from scoring to close out the inning and took a five-run victory in game one.

Samantha Arledge took the loss on the mound in game one, pitching a full seven innings with 11 hits and six earned runs; Arledge threw five strikeouts. Cailin Garmon earned her fourth win for the Zias in 3.2 innings; Garmin relieved starting pitcher Vanessa Ramirez who pitched 3.1 innings.

Junior pitcher Rachel Thompson started game two for the Aggies and went 2.2 innings before being relieved by Taylor Richardson with two outs in the top of the third.

ENMU went up 11-0 after four innings of play and scored another seven runs in the fifth including, two triples, a double and a single-run homer. OPSU brought in three runs in the bottom of the fifth which wasn't enough to keep the game going; the Zias won by 15 runs in five innings.

Thompson took the loss for the Aggies with nine hits and five earned runs; Richardson finished game two allowing ten hits and ten runs, all earned.

Heathington led the series going 2-6 at the plate with one run and six RBI. Lilli Ward also went 2-6 scoring two runs for the Aggies. Shelby Perry, Kinzie Spurgin, and Taylor Richardson each brought in one RBI for the series. Heathington also led in fielding with five putouts as catcher.

The Aggies now hold a 6-25 overall record with one Heartland Conference win. The team will travel to Wichita, Kan. this week to look to increase their conference record against Newman University March 28-29. The three-game series will start Friday at 1 p.m.

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