Buffs complete series sweep against ENMU

Freedom New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team got decent pitching on Saturday. It’s offense, though, continued to struggle and the defense came undone in the second game of a Lone Star Conference doubleheader against West Texas A&M at Greyhound Field.

Senior right-hander Anthony Smith pitched a complete-game eight-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks in the seven-inning opener, but WT erased a 1-0 deficit with RBI singles by Jess Cooper and Brad Elders — the latter a squeeze bunt — and held on for a 2-1 victory. West Texas A&M took the second game 7-5, completing a three-game series sweep.

ENMU (1-6, 0-3) got its only run in the third on an error. WT’s Irving Camacho (3-0) allowed just one hit over six innings, and Jonathan Paez worked a one-hit seventh to preserve the victory.

Shortstop Jordan Easom collected four of WT’s 13 hits in the second game, but five of the Buffs’ runs were unearned — the result of four ENMU errors.

Eason and Eric Dorton hit run-scoring singles as the Buffs (8-2, 5-1) broke a scoreless tie with three in the top of the fourth. The Hounds pulled to 5-4 in the eighth on catcher Brandt Guyer’s RBI single, but WT added a pair of runs in the ninth and held on as Mike De Long earned the save for starter Jonathan Paez (1-0).

Corey Cole went 5 2/3 innings for ENMU, allowing nine hits and five runs — only two earned. Designated hitter Mitch Wolfe led ENMU’s 10-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.