PORTALES — After seeing the opener slip away late, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team rebounded behind senior right-hander Ismael Solis for a 9-1 win over Wayland Baptist on Friday and a split of their doubleheader at Greyhound Field.
The Greyhounds (4-2) overcame a six-run deficit with a seven-run fifth and were one out away from winning in the scheduled seven-inning opener. But the Pioneers (10-2) pushed across the tying runs on a bases-loaded walk and an infield hit, then erupted for an eight-run eighth and a 17-9 win.
The second game, scheduled for nine, became a seven-inning contest when the opener went extra frames. Solis faced only four batters more than the minimum, finishing with a two-hitter that included Franky Busani’s leadoff homer in the fifth.
By that time, the Hounds had the game well in hand, leading 7-0. Paden Vendrely’s two-run homer highlighted a three-run first, and Freedy carmona’s two-run double keyed a four-run third.
Vendrely went 3-for-3, adding an RBI single in the third. Second baseman Chris Eaton singled, doubled and drove in two runs.
In the opener, the Pioneers scored six times in the top of the second, but ENMU erased a 7-1 deficit with seven runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth, capped by Jeremy Johnson’s two-out, three-run triple to left-center.
Carmona added an RBI single in the sixth, but the Pioneers rallied back on a one-out, bases-loaded walk to Eddie Allen and an infield hit off pitcher Seth Clabaugh’s glove by Brett Cook two batters later.
Todd Jeffress hit a grand slam to key the ninth-inning outburst against Clabaugh (0-1) and Doug McIntyre.
Wayland outhit ENMU 18-11. Clabaugh had a two-run double in the Hounds’ fifth-inning explosion.
The teams are scheduled to play another doubleheader on Sunday at Plainview, Texas, with the first game starting at noon (MST).