Hounds split pair with Tarleton

CNJ STAFF

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — What started out as potentially a big weekend for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team fizzled out in one nightmarish inning.

The Greyhounds were seeking a Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader sweep of Tarleton State on Friday, but that was washed away by the Texans’ 13-run sixth in the nightcap. Then Saturday’s series finale was washed away by rain.

ENMU (8-12, 3-5 South) stormed to a 12-2 win in Friday’s opener, and was leading 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth in game two when the roof caved in on them. The Texans (13-16, 3-5) won 17-7 when the contest was stopped in the bottom of the seventh on the 10-run rule.

“We played really hard all day,” ENMU coach Phil Clabaugh said after Saturday’s rainout. “We swung the bats well, and (Ian) Thurman-Kelly and (sophomore Kelly) Crain pitched well.

“We controlled the (doubleheader) except for one inning. We’re beginning to do some good things offensively, but we’ve just got to get the pitching thing figured out.”

Thurman-Kelly (2-0) threw six solid innings in the seven-inning opener, allowing three hits and two runs — just one earned. Crain came back with five good innings in the nightcap, but when the Hounds went to the bullpen everything blew up in their faces.

Two scratch hits and a misplayed bunt loaded the bases, and everybody scored when a single to center field was misplayed and the relay was thrown into the dugout. That put the Texans in front 7-6.

Tarleton combined seven hits, including a grand slam by Daniel Anderson, with five walks and four errors to take a 16-6 lead.

Justin Gee and Brett Scherer had three hits each and Mark Wallace and Tyler Hayes homered in support of Thurman-Kelly in the seven-inning opener. The Hounds collected 15 hits.

In the second game, Boyd Erickson had a pair of hits and Wallace drove in three runs.

The Hounds return to action on Tuesday at Greyhound Field in a 3 p.m. single game against Lubbock Christian. They resume South Division play with a three-game series against Abilene Christian at home next weekend.