ENMU baseball team sweeps WT

CNJ STAFF

CANYON, Texas — The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team brought out the big sticks this weekend.

The Greyhounds also threw some pretty good pitching at Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M.

ENMU pounded out 48 hits while its pitching staff limited the Buffaloes to 10 runs in 25 innings in a three-game sweep. ENMU (17-20, 6-8 South) won Friday’s opener 12-5, then completed a suspended 16-3 rout on Saturday before finishing off the Buffaloes 5-2 in the finale.

WT (13-28, 5-13) had taken four of five from Eastern this season prior to this weekend, including two of three in the earlier South series at Greyhound Field. The Hounds have won nine of their last 12 games.

Junior shortstop Josh Kuchta of Clovis led the hitting barrage, going 9-for-12 in the series with six runs scored and six runs batted in. Included was a 5-for-5 performance in the middle game.

Also, freshman third baseman Tyler Hayes was 8-for-12, junior catcher Brett Scherer went 7-for-13 and junior second baseman Bryan Moore was 6-for-12 for the weekend.

Sophomore right-handers Jesse Garcia-Perez (4-3) and Kelly Crain (4-1) pitched complete games in the final two contests. Garcia-Perez came back with five innings on Saturday after the Hounds opened an 11-2 lead with a 10-run fourth before darkness settled in on Friday.

Six players had two or more hits for the Hounds in that game. The fourth-inning explosion was highlighted by Kuchta’s two-run single and a two-run triple by Joey Aguilar.

Garcia-Perez allowed seven hits and two earned runs, and was backed by two double plays. Seven of ENMU’s runs were unearned, the result of four errors by WT.

Crain also allowed just seven hits in the finale, walking none and striking out two. Everyone hit safely in Eastern’s 12-hit attack, with five players driving in a run apiece.

After WT cut a 4-0 deficit to 4-3 in Friday’s seven-inning opener, the Hounds pulled away for good with four-run rallies in the fifth and sixth. Junior Trevor Davis (3-5) earned the win with four innings in relief of starter Ian Thurman-Kelly.

Saturday
Completion of suspended game
ENMU 16, West Texas A&M 3
ENMU 100 (10)00 140 —16 20 2
West Texas A&M 110 0 10 000 — 3 7 4
Jesse Garcia-Perez and Brett Scherer; Kevin McKinley, Kenny Baldwin (4), Brandon Wright (9) and Benino Gonzales. W — Garcia-Perez (4-3). L — McKinley (1-2). DP — ENMU 2, West Texas A&M 3. LOB — ENMU 9, West Texas A&M 7. 2B — ENMU: Tyler Hayes. West Texas A&M: Nick Williams, Cody Demetro 2. 3B — ENMU: Joey Aguilar, Matt Hinojosa. T — 2:31. A — 44.

Scheduled game
ENMU 5, West Texas A&M 2
ENMU 201 001 100 — 5 12 1
West Texas A&M 100 001 000 — 2 7 3
Kelly Crain and Scherer; Simon Walshe, Brad Fralick (9) and Gonzales. W — Crain (4-1). L — Walshe (1-3). LOB — ENMU 12, West Texas A&M 6. 2B — ENMU: Hayes, Mark Wallace, Scherer. West Texas A&M: Williams. 3B — ENMU: Bryan Moore. HR — West Texas A&M: Dan Moody (2). T — 2:05. A — 78.

Friday
First game
ENMU 12, West Texas A&M 5
ENMU 121 044 0 —12 16 0
West Texas A&M 002 101 1 — 5 14 2
Ian Thurman-Kelly, Trevor Davis (4) and Scherer; James Schroeder, Kosuke Fujii (4), Shannon Beer (6), Wright (7) and Gonzales. W — Davis (3-5). L — Schroeder (4-4). DP — ENMU 1, West Texas A&M 1. LOB — ENMU 9, West Texas A&M 9. 2B — ENMU: Moore. HR — Josh Banks (3), Jeff Cramer (6). T — 2:59. A — 30.
Second game suspended after four innings, darkness, with ENMU leading 11-2.