Hounds split twin bill, series at Cameron

CNJ staff

LAWTON, Okla. — First baseman Mitch Wolfe drove in a pair of runs and Eastern New Mexico University pitching worked around nine walks and six hits Saturday to beat Cameron 5-2 for a split of their Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader.

In the opener, Logan Grimes pitched a seven-inning complete game to lead the Aggies to an 8-1 victory. The two teams broke even in the four-game series after splitting Friday’s win bill.

Trailing 2-0 after four innings in the nightcap, the Greyhounds (5-5, 5-3 LSC) pulled even on two-out, run-scoring singles in the fifth by Garrett Cook and Wolfe, then took a 4-2 lead in the sixth when catcher Ryan Pruitt singled home Matt Nilo and scored on Sean Cruce’s two-out single.

In the ninth, shortstop Garrett Cook led off with a triple and scored on Wolfe’s sacrifice fly to left field.

The Hounds were helped by a pair of double plays, including one in the bottom of the ninth after catcher P.J. Ortega led off with a single. Jake Forsythe followed by rolling into a 6-4-3 double play before Anthony Smith walked the next two hitters.

With the tying run at the plate, Smith nailed down his third save of the season by getting center fielder Codi Harshman to ground out to first.

ENMU starter Tyler Vance (2-0) worked 5 1/3 innings, giving up four hits but walking six. Smith then went the final 3 1/3 innings, striking out five.

Cook led the Hounds’ 11-hit attack against Ricky Cramer (0-1) and two relievers, going 3-for-5, while Wolfe and Pruitt were both 2-for-4.

In the opener, the Hounds took a 1-0 lead in the second on one-out singles by Chris Eaton and Ethan Wagner and a two-out RBI single by Luis Quinones. That didn’t last long as the Aggies (5-3, 5-3) scored three unearned runs off Russell Campbell (1-2) in the bottom half, getting an RBI single from Forsythe and a two-run single from Alex Lyons with two out.

The Aggies chased Campbell with two in the fifth, capped by Forsythe’s run-scoring single, and added three in the sixth off Chris Martinez on an RBI single by Monty Cooper and sacrifice flies by Blake Watson and Shane Azzopardi.

Cooper and Forsythe each had two of Cameron’s eight hits. Grimes struck out seven and allowed five singles, including two by catcher Paden Vendrely.