Southwestern sweeps Hounds again

CNJ staff

WEATHERFORD, Okla. — Southwestern Oklahoma pitching held Eastern New Mexico University’s offense to 11 hits — all but one of them singles — and held on for 2-1 and 6-5 wins over the Greyhounds on Saturday, completing a sweep of the four-game a weekend series.

The losses to their Lone Star Conference North Division opponent dropped the Hounds to 16-8 for the season. Prior to Friday, they hadn’t lost two games in a row this season.

Southwestern’s Dustin Anderson (2-3) outpitched ENMU’s Evan Courteau in Saturday’s opener, and the Bulldogs (12-8) made a pair of third-inning runs stand up.

Anderson went the distance on a five-hitter, walking one and striking out five, and shut the Hounds out after allowing Justin Gee’s two-out RBI single in the top of the first.

Meanwhile, Courteau (3-2) pitched a strong game in his own right. He went five-plus innings, allowing six hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

The Bulldogs broke through in the third after Mark Cole led off with a single and took third on Ryan Pease’s single. They then worked a double steal for the tying run, and Garron Davenport delivered a two-out single to plate Pease.

The Hounds were unable to get a runner past first the rest of the way, and Anderson retired the final seven hitters of the game.

In the second game, the Bulldogs jumped on freshman left-hander Seth Clabaugh to take a 4-1 lead in the first inning, capped by Pease’s two-run double.

The Hounds closed to 5-4 in the fourth on Matt Hinojosa’s sacrifice fly and a two-out, two-run single by Mike McDuffie, but Southwestern starter Trey Dewald (3-1) escaped by getting Gee on a fly ball to left with two men on.

Davenport’s RBI single off Keith Balderaz made it 6-4 in the sixth. ENMU pulled within a run on Kelton Hayes’ pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh, but Kole Kennedy got the final out to earn his first save of the season.

Southwestern survived five errors in the contest, and all four runs charged to Dewald were unearned.