Hounds, East Central split twin bill

Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Eastern New Mexico University first baseman Kevin Thompson tries to make the tag on East Central University’s Tyler Gillum during the fourth inning of the first game of Friday’s doubleheader in Portales. Gillum made it back safely back to the

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Second baseman Garrett Cook went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs, helping Eastern New Mexico University to a 7-3 win over East Central for a split of Friday’s Lone Star Conference doubleheader at Greyhound Field.

The Tigers claimed the opener 6-3.

Cook’s triple, his third of the season, came with one-out in the first inning to score Jeremy Johnson, who led off with a double.

Cook later scored on a groundout by first baseman Seth Clabaugh, and added RBIs on a sacrifice fly in the fifth and a single in the eighth inning.

The Greyhounds (21-22, 16-18 LSC) collected 13 hits off Tiger starter Chasen Bennett with four extra-base hits.

Ismael Solis scattered six hits over eight innings, allowing two runs with four strikeouts and two walks.

Jared Owen went 2-for-4 for East Central (12-30, 11-23).

In the first game, the Tigers wiped out a pair of Greyhound leads with two-run efforts in three consecutive innings.

The Tigers tied the score in the fourth on a sacrifice bunt by rightfielder Dusty Rowland and led 2-1 on a throwing error that allowed Tyler Gillum to score.

The Greyhounds retook the lead in the bottom of the inning as Johnson hit an RBI triple and scored on a Cook single, but Eastern was held scoreless on three hits the rest of the way.

The teams meet again today in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

First game

Central 6, ENMU 3
ECU 000 222 0 — 6 8 2
ENMU 100 200 0 — 3 7 3

James Rhodes, Andy Pendleton (5) and Atlee Kile, Seth Clabaugh, Evan Orsak (5) and Freddy Carmona. W — Rhodes (3-2). L — Clabaugh (1-3). S — Pendleton (2). 2B — ECU, Andrew Minnich. 3B — ENMU, Jeremy Johnson.

Second game
ENMU 7, East Central 3
ECU 000 000 120 — 3 6 2
ENMU 200 021 11X — 7 15 1

Chasen Bennet, Wesley Hager (8) and Josh Nine, Ismael Solis, Jerry Manning (9) and Carmona. W — Solias (2-2). L — Bennett (3-5). 2B — ECU, Jared Owen. ENMU, Johnson, Clayton Young. 3B — ECU, Clint