ADA, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team has struggled mightily over the past three weekends. On Saturday, the Greyhounds found somebody perhaps struggling a bit more than they were.
Freshman catcher Paden Vendrely keyed a nine-run second in the opener with a grand slam and the Hounds, who came in having lost 12 of 13, posted a pair of 14-7 wins over East Central in Lone Star Conference crossover games.
The teams complete the four-game series with an 11 a.m. (MDT) twin bill today. East Central (6-23) has lost eight in a row and 12 of its last 13.
Derrick Kennedy, Mike McDuffie and Jonathon Marbury homered in the second-game win for the Hounds (13-18).
Sophomore right-hander Tyler Doughty (1-0), who finished the opener with two innings in relief, allowed three hits and struck out four in 2 2/3 innings in the nightcap to earn the win in relief of starter Jeff Roemer.
ENMU collected 33 hits in the doubleheader, with McDuffie and designated hitter Clayton Young going 3-for-5 in each game while first baseman Troy Vaughan finished 4-for-7 in the twin bill.
Sophomore left-hander Seth Clabaugh (3-2) survived a rough second inning to get the first-game win. Clabaugh surrendered four runs in the second, but held on through the fifth inning before giving way to Doughty.
Trailing 2-0, the Hounds loaded the bases in the second on a bunt single by McDuffie, a single to left by Tim Crafton and another bunt single by Tyler Hayes. Vendrely then unloaded his slam over the left field fence.
ENMU had 10 hits in the inning, including RBI singles by Young, Kennedy and Crafton and a two-run double by Hayes.
Jared Owen’s two-out homer for the Tigers made it 9-7 in the third, but the Hounds tacked on three runs in the fourth and put it out of reach on Young’s RBI triple and Vaughan’s sacrifice fly in the seventh.
McDuffie’s leadoff homer wiped out a 1-0 Tigers lead in the second inning of the nightcap. The Hounds opened a 6-1 lead with three in the fourth, the last two on a single by Vaughan, but East Central went ahead with a six-run fourth that included designated hitter Brad Staggs’ three-run homer.
In the fifth, Gerald Juarez tied it with a two-out RBI double and Marbury followed with his first homer of the season, a shot to left-center, for a 9-7 lead.
Hayes drew a bases-loaded walk and Juarez added a two-out, two-run double down the left field line in the sixth. Kennedy’s two-run homer in the seventh finished the scoring.