PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s struggles continued Tuesday night.
The Greyhounds carried a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning, but New Mexico Highlands scored four runs without hitting a ball out of the infield and the Cowboys went on to an 8-3 victory at Greyhound Field.
Highlands improved to 21-14 with its second win in eight days over the Hounds (19-20), who have lost 16 of their last 19 games and fell below .500 for the first time this season.
Junior right-hander Jeff Roemer, shelled in his previous start on Saturday against Angelo State, worked five strong innings before departing. The only run against him came on a two-out single to center by Francisco Hernandez in the fifth, scoring Kyle Larsen from second.
Earlier in the inning, ENMU’s Justin Gee cut down a Highlands runner trying to score from second on Larsen’s single with a strong throw from right field.
In the sixth, though, Marcos Castillo bunted for a single against Seth Clabaugh (0-4) and took second on a wild throw. It was the Cowboys’ only hit of the inning.
The Hounds committed two more errors in the inning and took advantage of two walks, a third-strike passed ball that allowed Jonathan Dees to reach base, and two wild pitches. Three of the runs were unearned.
Highlands made it 6-2 in the seventh on Larry Aguino’s pinch-hit RBI single, and Castillo added a two-run double in the eighth.
ENMU scored twice in the first. Derrick Kennedy led off with a single and took third on a two-base throwing error by Highlands starter Dean Stucker before Gil Alvarado was hit by a pitch.
Mike McDuffie’s fielder’s choice grounder drove in Kennedy. McDuffie then stole second and came home on a two-out single by Kelton Hayes.