STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Not many times does a team outhit its opponent in every game of a three-game series and still lose all three.
Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team accomplished the feat, if you will, as Tarleton State completed a Lone Star Conference sweep of the Greyhounds with a 12-2 rout on Saturday.
That’s right — even in that game, the Hounds (13-28, 8-22 LSC) managed to outhit the Texans 13-12. They outhit TSU in both games of Friday’s doubleheader loss (34-27 for the three games).
The big difference was that while all of ENMU’s hits on Saturday were singles, the Texans (33-10, 21-9) belted three home runs in the first two innings — good for five runs — en route to a 6-0 lead. Tarleton hit seven homers in the series to one for ENMU.
Saturday’s game was called after 6 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.
Left fielder Ethan Stuckly and third baseman Junior Dishmey went back-to-back for Tarleton with one out in the first, and Stuckley added a second homer with two men on to highlight a four-run second.
Brandon Van Riper (4-3) labored through five innings, throwing 101 pitches and giving up 10 hits, but he left with an 11-1 lead. In addition to the 13 singles, ENMU got baserunners on three walks, a hit batsman and an error.
The Hounds stranded 13 baserunners in the first six innings before going down in order in the seventh.
Center fielder Tim Rainey went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs for Tarleton State. The Hounds got three-hit gamesfrom Alex Schultz, catcher Joe Huwer and first baseman Russell Hartshorn, but scored only on RBI singles by Huwer in the fourth and Hartshorn in the sixth.
Junior right-hander Andrew Martin (1-8) took the loss, lasting only two innings and giving up six runs — although the four in the second were unearned as the result of an error.
ENMU ends the season next weekend with a conference series against Northeastern State at Greyhound Field.