LAWTON, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University’s Freddy Carmona hit a tie-breaking, two-run double to key a four-run ninth that lifted Eastern New Mexico University past Cameron 15-13 Saturday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader.
The Aggies won the seven-inning nightcap 4-0 to earn a split for the day and take a 2-1 lead in the four-game series. The teams play a nine-inning game at noon (MST) today.
The teams traded seven-run innings early in the opener. The Aggies (11-8, 5-6 LSC) struck in the bottom of the first against ENMU left-hander Seth Clabaugh, but the Hounds responded in the top of the second when senior second baseman Tyler Hayes capped the rally with a grand slam home run.
The game seesawed the rest of the way. Designated hitter Ethan Wagner’s three-run homer pulled ENMU even again at 10-10 in the fifth, and he drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth to tie the score 11-11.
In the ninth, Jonathon Marbury and Clayton Young were hit by pitches with one out, then Derrick Kennedy was hit by a pitch with two outs to load the bases for Carmons, who went 3-for-5 for the game. Mitch Wolfe singled in another run and the fourth run came home on a wild pitch.
The extra runs were needed when the Aggies made it 15-13 in the bottom of the inning. But with the tying runs in scoring position, ENMU closer Keith Balderaz got Kevin Mentel on a grounder to second to end the game.
Wolfe, Wagner and Paden Vendrely each added a pair of hits to the Hounds’ 13-hit attack. Left-hander Antwhan Yazzie pitched a scoreless eighth inning to pick up the win.
In the nightcap, Cameron’s Brad Bichel scattered four hits and struck out seven and the Aggies broke a scoreless tie with a three-run fourth, capped by designated hitter Nate Arevalo’s two-run single off Evan Orsak.
With one out, Tyson Moll drew a walk and Michael Levi reached on Hayes’ error. Third baseman Blake Watson followed with an RBI double before Arealo drove in Levi and Watson with his base hit.
In the sixth, Moll walked, Levi singled and both runners moved up on an error by Kennedy at third base. Watson deliveed Moll later in the inning with a single.
Orsak went the distance, allowing six hits and three earned runs with three walks and three strikeouts.