EDMOND, Okla. — Central Oklahoma is usually not a good place for a baseball team to try to break out of a slump.
Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhounds dropped a tight 4-3 decision in the opener, then were routed by the Bronchos 9-1 in the second game to see their losing streak stretch to 10 games. The teams finish off the series — pushed back a day by wet grounds — with a doubleheader today.
The Hounds (16-14) left the bases loaded twice in dropping the opener. Central Oklahoma’s Brett Case (5-2) struck out Mike McDuffie and Kelton Hayes to escape a first-inning jam, while reliever Cameron Karner got Matt Hinojosa on a line drive to center to leave the sacks filled in the sixth.
Down 2-0, ENMU tied the score in the fourth on a two-run homer by catcher Brian Green, but it could have been more.McDuffie beat out a one-out infield hit, but then got picked off before Hayes walked and Green followed with his first home run of the season down the left field line.
The Bronchos (16-10) regained the lead in the bottom of the inning with a pair of runs. Derrick Kennedy’s RBI single in the fifth knocked Case from the box and made it 4-3, but Karner survived two hits and a walk in the sixth to earn his first save of the season.
The second game was scoreless until the Bronchos loaded the bases on three singles — two of them bunts — in the bottom of the third, and designated hitter Doug Yarholar unloaded them with a grand slam home run to left off ENMU left-hander Seth Clabaugh (0-3).
The Bronchos added four more in the fourth, two on a double by Brandon Bacon. Starter Jesse McGough cruised through six innings for the win, allowing only an unearned run in the fifth.
Central Oklahoma finished with 11 hits, getting two each from four players.