Cycle helps Hounds turn back USW

CNJ staff

HOBBS — Senior left fielder Kevin Thompson hit for the cycle, including one of four Eastern New Mexico University home runs, as the Greyhounds got past University of the Southwest 13-8 in a non-conference baseball game Tuesday.

Thompson, who raised his batting average for the spring to .301, went 4-for-5 with a second-inning double, a third-inning solo homer, a fifth-inning triple and a sixth-inning RBI single. He flied out to right field in his final at-bat in the eighth.

Phil Clabaugh, who has coached ENMU baseball since it was reinstated in 1992, said he thought it was the second cycle in the history of the program. Director of athletic communications Adam Pitterman said the previous cycle would have had to occur before 1998, since box scores are only available back to that point.

ENMU (7-19) got a three-run homer from shortstop Alex Schultz in the third, a leadoff homer from second baseman Daniel Patching in the seventh and a two-run shot from first baseman Chris Eaton in the ninth. The blasts were the first of the season for all four players, and give the Hounds nine as a team.

Schultz and Thompson went back-to-back in ENMU’s five-run third. Schultz drove in a fourth run with a single in the Hounds’ three-run sixth.

The Mustangs (9-22) pulled to 11-8 with a four-run seventh, capped by a two-run double from first baseman Michael Fernandez.

Junior left-hander Marcus Drake (1-0), making his first start of the season after 15 relief outings, went five innings for the win. He allowed nine hits and four runs, throwing 79 pitches.

Patching, Luis Quinones and Joe Huwer, the first three batters in ENMU’s lineup, each collected three hits. The Hounds, who posted their first road win of the season on Saturday at East Central after nine losses away from home, outhit USW for the game 19-15.

Designated hitter Gary Valenzuela and third baseman Ysidor Reyna each had three hits for the Mustangs.