LAWTON, Okla. — Last weekend, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team was bludgeoned by Tarleton State in the teams’ Lone Star Conference-opening series, losing all four games decisively.
Saturday, the Greyhounds experienced the other end of losing, twice getting within an out of victory before Cameron snatched both contests.
The Aggies, who were also swept last weekend, tied the first of the two seven-inning games on a two-out ENMU error in the bottom of the seventh in the opener before winning it 3-2 on a two-out error in the eighth. Cameron then scored twice with two out in the seventh inning of the nightcap for a 5-4 victory.
The teams complete the four-game series with a noon (MDT) twin bill today.
ENMU (9-14, 0-6 LSC), which stranded 21 runners in the two games, scratched out single runs in the second and sixth innings of the opener, going in front on shortstop Dylan Nault’s two-out RBI single. Right-hander Andrew Martin issued a walk to Tyler Cox leading off the Cameron seventh, and he came around on a sacrifice, a groundout and an error on second baseman Daniel Binz.
In the eighth, Brad Blumer led off with an infield hit before reliever Chris Bataska (0-3) struck out the next two hitters. Errors by Nault and Binz, though, allowed Blumer to score the game-winner.
Nault and Brooke Brooks each had two hits for ENMU while Lyons, Andrew Garcia and Nick Smith all did likewise for the Aggies. Aaron Kleekamp (2-0) earned the win with 1 1/3 innings in relief of starter Clay Vanderlaan.
In the nightcap, the Aggies (14-14, 2-4) took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Kevin Waukau’s two-run single and a run-scoring wild pitch by left-hander Daniel Sterling (1-5), but Sterling kept Cameron in check after that until the seventh.
Meantime, the Hounds got an RBI single from Nault in the second, a run-scoring groundout by Binz in the third and RBI hits from Joe Huwer and Mitch Wolfe in the sixth to take the lead.
Cameron shortstop Kim Lum hit a one-out single in the seventh before Sterling got Taylor Lyons on a fly ball to left. Lum then stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Josh Dawson’s double to right.
After a walk to Kaleb Brawner, Bataska relieved Sterling and Binz booted a grounder by Colton Davis to load the bases. Waukau followed with a single to left field to end it.
Luis Quinones, Mike Medina, Huwer and Wolfe all went 2-for-4 for the Hounds, while Waukau and Garcia were both 2-for-3 for the Aggies. Cody Hudson (1-0), the third Cameron pitcher, got one out to earn the win.