Hounds lose control in doubleheader losses

CNJ staff

LAWTON, Okla. — It’s safe to say Eastern New Mexico University’s pitchers had control issues on Thursday.

ENMU hurlers issued 12 walks and hit four batters, and Cameron took advantage to post a 12-7, 7-4 sweep of their Lone Star Conference crossover doubleheader.

Junior Kelly Crain (3-5) walked four and hit three over five innings in the opener. All three HBPs came in a seven-run third that put the Aggies ahead 9-2 and included only three hits — a two-run single by Rodney DeLong, a three-run triple by Clint Powell and an RBI single by Matt Castillo.

Ryan Bengert (2-3) went the distance for CU (13-10), which improved to 10-1 at home this spring. Brian Green and Gilbert Alvarado each had a pair of hits for ENMU, with Alvarado scoring three runs.

In the second game, David Swinconos (2-1) carried a 3-0 lead into the fifth, but gave up doubles to Cody Brooks and Castillo to start the inning and a game-tying, two-run homer by John Herbert with two out.

The Aggies chased Swinconos in the sixth, loading the bases with no one out. Senior Mark Wallace, making his first career pitching appearance, gave up a two-run double to Brooks, a run-scoring single by Stang and a sacrifice fly by Herbert.

The Hounds took a 1-0 lead against Cameron’s T.J. Willis (5-1) on a leadoff double by Bryan Moore and a run-scoring single by Josh Kuchta in the first. They made it 3-0 in the fifth on a single by Micah Bernhardt, Jose Meza’s sacrifice, an infield hit by Ryan French, an RBI single by Tyler Brown and a subsequent outfield error which allowed French to score.

ENMU pulled to 7-4 in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Moore, but Willis got Kuchta on a fly to right and Brett Scherer on a pop-up to third to leave two runners on base.

The teams will complete their series with a noon (MST) doubleheader today.