ENMU shellacked twice in UTPB event

CNJ staff

ODESSA, Texas — Suffice it to say, Saturday was a long day for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team.

After Wayland Baptist routed ENMU 11-1, host Texas-Permian Basin followed with a 10-0 shellacking of the Greyhounds in the Falcons’ preseason tournament.

Felix Cardenas (1-0) struck out three and allowed three hits in six shutout innings for UTPB (4-1), facing only one batter over the minimum because of two Falcons double plays. Jacob Ricossa pitched the seventh, giving up a single, before the game was called because of a 10-run rule in effect after seven innings in the tournament.

The Falcons scored five second-inning runs off senior right-hander Anthony Smith (0-1), highlighted by center fielder Chandler Goode’s three-run double. Designated hitter Andy Quiring’s two-out, two-run single keyed a three-run fifth, and Ryan Head banged a two-run single off reliever Chris Martinez in the sixth.

UTPB finished with 12 hits, led by Goode who went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs. Head finished 2-for-4, while Quiring and Ryan Giacomini both had a pair of hits.

Second baseman Daniel Patching had half of ENMU’s hits, going 2-for-3.

The Hounds threatened in the top of the seventh when Patching singled and Jose Campos was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up on a groundout, but Patching was thrown out at home trying to score on a fly ball to right fielder Stephen Hrebicek to end the game.

The Hounds (1-3) were outscored in their four games 36-12 and committed 12 errors, leading to 15 unearned runs. They gave up five innings of three or more runs on Saturday.

Meantime, the Hounds managed only four hits in each game on Saturday — all singles.

Wayland Baptist 11, ENMU 1 — The Pioneers put together a trio of three-run innings, pulling away with six runs in the final two frames.

Wayland (4-4) collected 18 hits off five ENMU pitchers, including 10 off starter Ryan Pruitt in 4 1/3 innings.

Center fielder Aldo Mendez went 4-for-6 from the leadoff hole with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBIs. He had a two-run single in the eighth and a two-run double in the ninth.

Shortstop Eddie Allen was 4-for-5 for the Pioneers, while catcher Oscar Rivera added 3-for-4 and third baseman Miguel Pagan and right fielder Ben Christian each chipped in a pair of hits.

WBU starter Marcus Limon (1-0) went seven innings, allowing four hits and striking out 14 while throwing 144 pitches. Derrick Sampel finished with two hitless innings.

The Hounds got their only run in the bottom of the second, making it 4-1, on a two-out single by Brandon Devries, a walk to Joe Huwer and an RBI single to right by Blake Thomsen.