SAN ANGELO, Texas — Designated hitter Matt Lenderman doubled home two runs in the first inning and Michael Gunter made it stand up with a three-hit, 11-strikeout pitching performance as Angelo State edged Eastern New Mexico University 3-2 to salvage a split of the teams’ Lone Star Conference South Division doubleheader on Saturday.
In the opener, the Greyhounds (16-20, 1-1 South) rallied for five runs in the top of the eighth for a 9-5 victory. The teams will conclude their division-opening series with a noon (MDT) twin bill today.
Both runs off Gunter (5-2) were unearned in the seven-inning nightcap. Tyler Hayes doubled home Mike McDuffie in the second inning, and Hayes doubled and scored on a throwing error by the Rams’ Steven Allred in the fifth.
Eastern’s only other hit was a one-out single by Troy Vaughan in the sixth. Derrick Kennedy then reached on an error, but Gunter got a strikeout and a popup to get out of it and then struck out the side in the seventh, after issuing his only walk to Jeff Roemer leading off.
Sophomore right-hander Evan Orsak (2-2) took the loss, allowing five hits over four innings. What turned out to be the deciding run was scored in the fourth on a throwing error by Kennedy, giving the Rams a 3-1 lead.
In the opener, sophomore left-hander Seth Clabaugh (4-2) allowed five runs — only one earned — over seven innings and the Hounds erased a 5-4 deficit with their eighth-inning explosion against three Angelo relievers.
Right fielder Jonathon Marbury broke a scoreless tie with a one-out homer in the fifth, his third of the season, and ENMU made it 3-0 on a run-scoring error and Kennedy’s RBI double. But the Rams (24-10, 1-1) answered with four runs in the bottom half on only two hits and two Hounds errors.
ENMU tied the game in the eighth when Paden Vendrely singled and pinch-runner Stephen Lopez-Barela came around on a single by pinch-hitter Sean Cruce, a wild pitch and a run-scoring third-strike wild pitch. Vaughan then doubled to left to put the Hounds in front, then Kennedy added a sacrifice fly and Hayes belted a two-run double to right-center.
Right-hander Tyler Doughty finished for Clabaugh, allowing two hits over two scoreless innings.