ALVA, Okla. —Eastern New Mexico’s start to a five-game, four-day road trip couldn’t have been worse.
Northwestern Oklahoma State pounded seven home runs off two Hounds pitchers, including a pair of grand slams, as the Rangers routed Eastern 16-1 Monday at Ranger Field.
The game was ended by a seven-inning rule.
The Rangers (15-11) scored five times in the third inning on just one hit — Jose Tellez’ grand slam, and added eight more runs in the fourth, highlighted by Drew Phillips’ grand slam and three more home runs.
Meanwhile, Northwestern starter Kevin Hull (3-2) kept Eastern hitless until the fifth, when Clovis junior Josh Kuchta single through the left side. Hull finished with a two-hitter and struck out 12.
Eastern (8-17) scored in the sixth when Boyd Erickson reached on an outfield error and Mark Wallace doubled down the left-field line.
Josh Stephenson (0-1) started and took the loss for Eastern, giving up nine runs and five hits in three-plus innings. He walked five and struck out five. Keith Balderez relieved Stephenson with bases-loaded and no outs in the fourth, and gave up three-straight home runs to Phillips, Dustin Burdick and Tellez. Jesse Mason also homered in the inning.