Eastern New Mexico University senior left-hander Ian Thurman-Kelly pitched a strong eight innings in just his second start of the season and the Greyhounds salvaged a double-header split with rival West Texas A&M on Sunday, routing the Buffaloes 12-1 in the nightcap of a Lone Star Conference South Division baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field.
It was ENMU’s first win this season in four tries against the Buffs, who have won only one other game this season. WT (5-12, 2-7 South) took the opener 7-4.
ENMU (6-11, 2-4) and WT completed their rain-delayed three-game series with Monday’s nine-inning contest.
Thurman-Kelly (1-0), who worked four shutout innings in a 1-0 ENMU win over Cameron on March 5, retired the first two hitters in each of the first six innings before giving up an unearned run in the seventh on a walk, a bunt single and Thurman-Kelly’s throwing error.
By that time, though, the Hounds led 8-1 and they tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the seventh on just one hit — a two-run double by second baseman Bryan Moore.
Thurman-Kelly, sidelined with a shoulder problem prior to the start of the season, allowed three hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts.
Senior right fielder Boyd Erickson led a 14-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with four RBI. Erickson broke a scoreless tie with a two-run triple off Shannon Beer (0-3) in the third, and later scored on a single by Brett Scherer.
Erickson added a two-run single in the fourth, capping a four-run inning that knocked Beer out of the game.
Moore went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases. Scherer, Mark Wallace and Justin Gee all had two hits.
In the opener, ENMU sophomore Kelly Crain (3-1) had his first shaky outing of the season and took the loss when the Buffs scored twice in the top of the fifth to erase a 4-3 deficit.
Shortstop Gilbert Curiel went 3-for-4 with three RBI for WT, while third baseman Nick Williams drove in a pair of runs with a solo homer and a sacrifice fly.
While the top five hitters in the ENMU lineup went just 2-for-16, the bottom four hitters were 7-for-10. Center fielder Joey Aguilar and designated hitter Gilbert Alvarado, batting eighth and ninth, each drove in a pair of runs.
WT left-hander James Schroeder went 5 1/3 innings for the win. Brad Fralick pitched the seventh to earn his first save.
Lurking in the No. 6 and No. 7 spots, Trey Howell and Dan Moody combined for seven hits and drove in 10 runs, leading West Texas A&M to a 17-11 win over Eastern New Mexico on Monday in the final game of a rain-delayed three-game Lone Star Conference South series at Greyhound Field.
Moody collected two singles, a two-run double and a solo home run and Howell slapped three run-producing singles as West Texas left Portales with its first two LSC South wins.
West Texas, which led 12-1 after 5 1/2 innings, collected 19 hits off six Hounds pitchers and scored in all but two innings.
Designated hitter Matt Elliott and right fielder Boyd Erickson collected three hits each for Eastern, which scored nine times in its final four at-bats.
Moore, Erickson and center fielder Joey Aguilar had doubles for Eastern.
James Sweatman even his record at 1-1, allowing nine hits and five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Eastern starting pitcher Trevor Davis (1-4) took the loss