DURANT, Okla. — Second baseman Scott Hancock’s first home run of the season, a three-run shot, capped a five-run Southeastern Oklahoma sixth and the Savage Storm went on to a 15-7 victory over Easter New Mexico University on Saturday, completing a sweep of their four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series.
The Savage Storm (8-3, 5-3 LSC), which beat ENMU 3-1 and 6-2 on Friday, took Saturday’s first game 7-6, rallying from a 5-0 second-inning deficit.
Southeastern pounded out 28 hits and ENMU (7-7, 3-5) had 25 in Saturday’s twin bill. The Greyhounds have now dropped five in a row.
ENMU opened a 6-3 lead in the second game, getting a two-run double from Seth Clabaugh in a three-run third and then adding single runs in the fourth and fifth. Southeatsern then chased ENMU starter Russ Campbell (1-1) in a four-run fifth which gave the Savage Storm a 7-6 lead.
The hosts all but put the game out of reach in the sixth, getting a two-run double from designated hitter Mike McCollum before Hancock made it 12-6 with his blast to left field off ENMU’s Doug McIntyre.
The Hounds got a run back in the eighth inning, but the Savage Storm countered with three in the bottom half, helped by two Hounds errors.
All 19 players who batted in the game hit safely, including 10 for ENMU. Jeremy Johnson, Young, Freddy Carmona and Ethan Wagner each had two hits for the Hounds.
Blake Worthan (1-1), Southeastern’s third pitcher, worked the final 4 2/3 innings for the Savage Storm, allowing one run on four hits.
The Hounds got a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Clabaugh in the first inning of the opener, then chased starter Andrew Taber with four runs on five hits in the second. Wagner hit a one-out homer, his first, to make it 2-0 before Johnson added an RBI single, Young whacked a run-scoirng triple and Carmona singled to drive in Young.
Southeastern countered with three runs in the bottom of the inning, then tied the score on first baseman Trey Wingo’s two-run single in the third. The Savage Storm took the lead when Hancock hit into a bases-loaded fielder’s choice in the fifth and another run scored on the play on shortstop Garrett Cook’s throwing error.
Johnson, who went 3-for-4 in the game, singled home another run in the sixth, but reliever Matt Hinds got Chris Eaton on strikes with the bases loaded to preserve the lead. He then retired the side in order in the seventh for his third save of the second and second in the series.
Cook went 2-for-4 for the Hounds, while Wingo finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs and designated hitter Josh Rorex added 3-for-4 for the Savage Storm.