Hounds earn first four-game LSC sweep in eight years

CNJ staff

ADA, Okla. — The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team spread the offensive wealth around on Sunday and completed a four-game Lone Star Conference crossover sweep of East Central.

Three-run homers by Derrick Kennedy and Troy Vaughan helped stake the Greyhounds to a 10-0 lead en route to a 12-8 win in the opener.

ENMU, which won both games on Saturday by 14-7 scores, then came back for a 8-6 victory in the finale.

The Hounds (15-18), who entered the series with 13 losses in their previous 14 games, collected 22 hits in Sunday’s contests, spread among 10 players. Right fielder Jonathon Marbury led the way, going 4-for-7 with four RBIs.

The Tigers (6-25) have now lost 10 in a row and 14 of their last 15.

It was ENMU’s first four-game sweep of an LSC opponent since April 9-10, 1999, when it turned the trick against Cameron in Portales. Two of those games went extra innings.

Kennedy got the Hounds off to a fast start in the first inning of the opener, following one-out infield singles by Clayton Young and Vaughan with his fourth homer of the season. Vaughan then capped a six-run fourth, blasting his fourth home run over the left field fence.

Senior right-hander Evan Courteau (4-5) was knocked out during a six-run Tigers fourth, but was still credited with the win. Vaughan pitched a perfect sixth and junior right-hander Keith Balderaz worked a hitless seventh to close out the game.

The second game was tight until the Hounds put together a four-run fifth, scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Tyler Hayes, a wild pitch and sacrifice flies by Tim Crafton and Paden Vendrely for an 8-3 lead.

Left fielder Tim Crafton whacked his first homer of the season, a solo shot to left-center in the fourth which snapped a 2-2 tie.

Left-hander Justin Sergeant (2-0) went 3 2/3 innings for the win, backed by four relievers. Balderaz earned his fourth save of the season despite giving up a run in the seventh.

All but two of the Hounds’ runs in the game were unearned, the result of four Tigers errors.