LCU gets two in ninth to edge Hounds

CNJ STAFF

LUBBOCK — Down to their final two outs, the Lubbock Christian Chaparrals pushed over two ninth-inning runs despite hitting only one ball out of the infield to edge Eastern New Mexico University 5-4 in college baseball Tuesday.

Sophomore Jesse Garcia-Perez, ENMU’s third pitcher of the day, worked two scoreless innings before running into trouble after getting a flyout to center to start the LCU ninth.

A walk, a single and an error loaded the bases before a walk to the Chaparrals’ Aurio O’Neill forced in the tying run. Travis Pendley then hit a grounder to ENMU first baseman Mark Wallace, but his throw to the plate trying for a forceout was too late.

The Greyhounds (1-4) opened a 4-1 lead with a four-run fourth highlighted by Wallace’s RBI single and a run-scoring double by shortstop Josh Kuchta.

LCU plated a run in the first, then added single runs in the fifth and sixth off ENMU starter Josh Stephenson. O’Neill and Pendley each had two RBIs for the Chaps (6-3).

LCU outhit the Hounds 7-6. Kuchta was the only ENMU player with more than one hit, going 2-for-3.

Lubbock Christian 5, ENMU 4
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Josh Stephenson, David Swinconos (6), Jesse Garcia-Perez (7) and Brett Scherer; Chase Campbell, P.J. Trevino (6) and Grant. W — Trevino. L — Garcia-Perez (0-2). DP — Lubbock Christian 1. LOB — ENMU 5, Lubbock Christian 10. 2B — ENMU: Jimmy Wells, Tyler Hayes, Josh Kuchta. Lubbock Christian: Victor Rodriguez. T — n/a. A — n/a.