Hounds split with West Texas

Freedom Newspapers

CANYON, Texas — Hoping to make hay in the Lone Star Conference South Division against a struggling rival, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team could only manage a four-game series split at West Texas A&M.

After winning 7-2 and losing 8-1 in Friday’s twin bill, the Greyhounds erupted for 19 hits in a 14-3 first-game rout on Saturday before losing the finale 3-2.

The split prevented the Hounds (21-22, 6-6 South) from getting above .500 overall for the first time since early in the season. Meantime, the Buffaloes (13-33, 2-10) snapped a nine-game division losing streak in Friday’s second game.

In Saturday’s nine-inning opener, Bryan Moore and Ryan French hit their first home runs of the season while Mark Wallace and Derrick Kennedy each drove in four runs.

Trevor Davis (8-4) worked seven innings for the win and gave up 10 hits, including a couple of homers.

In the seven-inning nightcap, WT’s James Sweatman (4-6) pitched a five-hitter and the Buffs punched over the deciding run in the sixth on a one-out walk to Matt Rehkopf and two-out singles by Ryan Reneau and Tyler Glynn off Brett Scherer (3-5).

Scherer pitched a solid game, going the distance on a six-hitter. Moore doubled with one out in the seventh and took third on a groundout, but Sweatman then got Scherer on strikes to end it.

ENMU 7-1, WT 2-8 (Friday) — Junior right-hander Kelly Crain (6-6) pitched a nine-inning complete game in the opener while Moore drove in three runs, going 3-for-3 with two walks.

Moore walked and scored in the first, singled home a run in the second, drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and added an RBI single in the eighth.

Glynn’s grand slam capped a five-run third that put the Buffs ahead 8-0 in the nightcap, and right-hander Raymond Bergara (4-7) cruised to the win on a five-hitter.

Bergara, who walked two and struck out four, was backed by three double plays.