By Dave Wagner: Freedom Newspapers
PORTALES — Trevor Davis had already thrown more than 100 pitches through eight innings, but he figured he had enough left to finish the job.
Davis wiggled out of a first-and-third, none-out jam in the top of the ninth and pitched Eastern New Mexico University past Texas A&M-Kingsville 4-3 in the first game of a Lone Star Conference South Division-opening doubleheader on Friday at Greyhound Field.
The Javelinas came back to take the second game 4-3. The teams split again on Saturday, with Kingsville rolling to a 10-3 victory before the Hounds held on for a 6-5 win in the nightcap.
ENMU coach Phil Clabaugh figured Davis (7-3) was the Hounds’ best option trying to finish out Friday’s tight opener.
“He’s our best,” Clabaugh said. “I know his pitch count was up there, but I felt like he still had a good fastball.
“Before the ninth, I asked him how he was and he said, ‘I think I’ve got three outs left in me.’”
ENMU (15-18, 2-2) trailed 3-1 before Bryan Moore led off the sixth with a triple and scored when third baseman Andrew Sweet misplayed the relay. Wallace’s one-out double chased Kingsville starter Chris White in the seventh, and Micah Bernhardt and Josh Kuchta hit RBI singles off reliever Kyle A. Thompson (3-2).
In the seven-inning nightcap, Kingsville (23-12, 2-2) built a 6-0 lead through 5 1/2 innings before the Hounds rallied back, scoring three in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Right-hander Raul Trujillo (4-1) threw 133 pitches in a complete-game effort, fanning out 13 batters against a team which had been striking out less than three times a game.
“He’s been battling some back problems,” Kingsville coach Russell Stockton said of Trujillo. “He had surgery before Christmas and it’s still not totally healed. It’s been a long process to get him back.”
Wallace, who pitched two innings in relief of starter David Swinconos (2-2) in the nightcap, went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in the second game and finished the day 5-for-7.
“I was really pleased with how our kids battled,” Clabaugh said. “They didn’t hit David that hard. In hindsight, I probably didn’t get Wallace in there soon enough.
“(Trujillo) was tough; he had a good curveball, and a decent slider. We did a good job of battling tonight.”
Kingsville 10-5, ENMU 3-6 (Saturday) — Second baseman Jeff Rosser homered and went 4-for-5 with three RBIs as the Javelinas won the opener. Kingsville chased starter Brett Scherer (2-4) with a six-run fourth, snapping a 1-1 tie.
In the seven-inning nightcap, the Hounds scored single runs in each of their six turns at-bat and held on as Davis relieved starter Kelly Crain (4-6) and earned his third save of the season. He got a game-ending 6-4-3 double play when Javs baserunner Adam Rondou was called for interference at second base on a ground ball by Dustin Brooks.
ENMU gained a split despite being outhit by Kingsville in all four games.