MIDLAND, Texas — Junior right-hander Tyler Doughty scattered five hits over six innings and Eastern New Mexico University held off Howard Payne 6-4 Saturday for its third consecutive win in the season-opening UT-Permian Basin Classic baseball tournament.
The host Falcons, though, kept the Greyhounds from a perfect weekend, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the fourth and holding on for an 11-9 win. Permian Basin improved to 4-0 with the victory.
Jonathon Marbury staked the Hounds to a 2-0 lead against Howard Payne with a two-run double in the second. The Hounds went in front 6-0 with three in the seventh, getting an RBI triple from Clayton Young and run-scoring doubles from Tyler Hayes and Seth Clabaugh.
The Yellow Jackets (1-2) chased Doughty with a three-run seventh, only one of the runs earned. In the eighth, Kyle Lloyd’s RBI single made it 6-4, but senior right-hander Keith Balderaz earned his school-record 16th career save and first of the season by notching the final four outs.
Hayes led a 10-hit ENMU attack with 3-for-5, including a double and a triple.
The Hounds scored three in the top of the first against Permian Basin and led 5-2 before the roof caved in against Clabaugh (0-1) and reliever Doug McIntyre in the fifth.
Marbury delivered a leadoff inside-the-park homer in the sixth, but the Falcons never relinquished the lead. Junior right-hander Matt Scheffer pitched the ninth for Permian Basin to earn a save.
Marbury went 3-for-4 for ENMU, while Hayes had a pair of doubles and Young added two singles.