Hounds drop twin bill to ACU in baseball

Eastern New Mexico University sophomore David Swinconos releases a pitch during the first game of their double-header against Abilene Christian University Friday in Portales. Photo by Eric Kluth

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PORTALES — Abilene Christian scored in 11 of 16 innings Friday and posted an 8-3, 10-3 sweep of Eastern New Mexico University in Lone Star Conference South Division baseball at Greyhound Field.

Third baseman C.J. Goularte went 5-for-8 in the two games and the Wildcats (16-16, 6-4 South) rode solid pitching from starters Aaron Lawler (3-1) in the first game and Ben Brockman (3-1) in the nightcap.

Lawler survived six walks but allowed just three hits in 5 2/3 innings in the opener before Coy Polk got the final four outs, striking out ENMU’s Boyd Erickson to leave two runners on in the sixth.

ENMU starter Ian Thurman-Kelly (2-1) walked three straight batters to force in a run in the third, and threw two run-scoring wild pitches in the fourth as ACU opened a 4-1 lead.

Brockman, who went 6 1/3 innings, and Polk combined to give up 13 hits in the second game. But ACU took advantage of 15 hits and seven walks to take control early.

Designated hitter Matt Elliott and center fielder Joey Aguilar each had three hits for the Greyhounds (8-15, 3-7). Starter Jesse Garcia-Perez (1-3) went five innings and gave up six runs, all earned, on nine hit.

The teams complete the three game series with a nine-inning game at noon on Saturday.

First game
Abilene Christian 8, ENMU 3
Abilene Christian 002 212 1 — 8 8 2
ENMU 100 002 0 — 3 3 3
Aaron Lawler, Coy Polk (6) and Paul Hovey; Ian Thurman-Kelly, David Swinconos (6), Antwhan Yazzie (7), Keith Baldarez (7) and Brett Scherer. W — Lawler (3-1). L — Thurman-Kelly (2-1). Sv — Polk (2). DP — ENMU 2. LOB — Abilene Christian 8, ENMU 9. 2B — Abilene Christian: Ryan Barker. ENMU: Justin Gee. T — 2:10. A — 100.

Second game
Abilene Christian 10, ENMU 3
Abilene Christian 121 020 220 —10 15 2
ENMU 200 000 100 — 3 13 0
Ben Brockman, Polk (7) and J-Bob Thomas; Jesse Garcia-Perez, Josh Stephenson (6), Jimmy Wells (7), Swinconos (7), Trevor Davis (8) and Scherer, Tyler Hayes (9). W — Brockman (4-2). L — Garcia-Perez (1-3). DP — Abilene Christian 1, ENMU 1. LOB — Abilene Christian 9, ENMU 8. 2B — Abilene Christian: Matt Callahan, Joe Wells. ENMU: Bryan Moore, Matt Elliott. 3B — Abilene Christian: Chris Judkins, Callahan. T — 2:54. A — 80.