CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU senior Stephen Lopez-Barela slides in safely while advancing from second to third on a fly ball by Seth Clabaugh during the second inning of the Greyhounds’ 16-1 drubbing of New Mexico Highlands on Tuesday at Greyhound Field.
PORTALES — Senior catcher Freddy Carmona, the Lone Star Conference co-player of the week, continued his hot hitting Tuesday night and Eastern New Mexico University cruised to a 16-1 non-conference victory over New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Field.
Carmona, coming off an 8-for-14 series in a four-game LSC split against ninth-ranked Angelo State over the weekend, went 4-for-5 with three RBIs against the Cowboys and raised his batting average to .422. Senior designated hitter Richard Urban of Clovis, getting just his third start of the year, went 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs scored and three RBIs while shortstop Kevin Thompson was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two driven in.
The Greyhounds (17-14) took control of the game with a five-run second, then blew it wide open with 10 runs on 10 hits in the bottom of the fifth. The game was called after 6 1/2 innings by mutual agreement.
ENMU is now 3-0 this season against Highlands (18-13), and will travel to NMHU for a 2 p.m. contest on Tuesday. The Hounds have won eight of their last 11 outings.
Junior right-hander Russell Campbell (3-2) worked five sharp innings, allowing five hits with four strikeouts and no wals. Tyler Doughty and Doug McIntyre each worked a perfect inning in relief.
Carmona singled home Sean Cruce in the first, and the Hounds batted around in the second in building a 6-0 cushion. Urban walked to start the inning, and left fielder Clayton Young capped it with a two-run single up the middle.
ENMU sent 14 men to the plate in the fifth. The rally was highlighted by two-run singles from Garrett Cook nd Urban.
The Cowboys got their lone run in the third on a one-out single by Kyle Gutchewski, a wild pitch by Campbell and third baseman Oscar Sigala’s double into the right-center field alley.
ENMU returns to LSC play to face conference-leading and eighth-ranked Abilene Christian (26-8, 19-5) this weekend at Greyhound Field. Because of expected inclement weather, Friday’s nine-inning series opener has been postponed and the teams will now play doubleheaders at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.