PORTALES — A close call went against Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team, and Texas A&M-Kingsville added some late insurance to hold off the Greyhounds 5-3 and complete a sweep of Friday’s Lone Star Conference South Division baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field.
The Javelinas (26-26, 9-9 South) won the opener 11-6. The losses extended ENMU’s losing streak to eight heading into today’s season-ending 1 p.m. twin bill.
With runners at first and second, one out and the Javelinas leading 3-2 in the final inning of the seven-inning nightcap, Chase Myrick hit a low liner to first baseman Troy Vaughan, who stepped on the bag for what he thought was an inning-ending double play.
Instead, umpires ruled Vaughan trapped the ball, putting runners at second and third with two out. Clay Bockholt then singled them home, and Kingsville’s Jeremy Heatley worked out of a jam in the bottom half for his fifth save.
ENMU’s Evan Orsak (3-4) pitched into the seventh but took the loss. Senior designated hitter Kelton Hayes hit his fifth homer of the season leading off the fifth.
In th opener, first baseman Javier Molina and catcher Joe Hamon had three hits each and combined to drive in seven runs for Kingsville. Brandon Hevner was pounded for 12 hits and six earned runs, but survived 169 pitches to throw a nine-inning complete game.
Paden Vendrely’s two-run single tied the score 3-3 in the bottom of the first, and the Hounds took the lead on Mike McDuffie’s sacrifice fly in the third. Two-run doubles by Hamon in the fifth and Molina in the sixth highlighed consecutive three-run innings which gave Kingsville a 9-5 lead.
The Hounds stranded 10 runners against Hevner, who walked two and struck out six. Sophomore left-hander Seth Clabaugh (4-5) took the loss, allowing six runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings.