ABILENE, Texas — Abilene Christian catcher J-Bob Thomas drew a tie-breaking, bases-loaded walk in a five-run eighth as Abilene Christian beat Eastern New Mexico University 10-6 to complete a three-game sweep of their Lone Star Conference South Division series.
Center fielder Chris Judkins was 4-for-4 and first baseman Matt Callahan 3-for-4 in ACU’s 13-hit attack, and each contributed a pair of run-scoring singles for the Wildcats (28-21, 14-7 South), who won all six games from Eastern this season.
ACU opened a 4-0 lead through four innings, but ENMU (17-25-1, 6-12-1) pulled into a 5-5 tie in the top of the eighth on a walk to Boyd Erickson, a sacrifice and a two-out RBI single by Joey Aguilar.
Kelly Crain (4-4) struck out six but took the loss, pitching into the eighth before loading the bases with no outs on two singles and a hit batsman. Trevor Davis got the first out before walking Thomas to force in the go-ahead run.
Erickson and Bryan Moore each had two of Eastern’s nine hits, and Moore and Aguilar both drove in a pair of runs.
ACU 7-9, ENMU 4-3 (Friday) — The Wildcats spotted Eastern a 3-0 first-inning lead in the nightcap before rallying to complete a doubleheader sweep.
Erickson hit a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded off ACU’s Ben Brockman (6-3), and another Hounds run scored on an error by Thomas.
The Wildcats took the lead with two runs each in the second and third innings, then put the game away by batting around in a four-run sixth.
Brockman allowed nine hits and struck out nine over seven innings, while ENMU’s Ian Thurman-Kelly (3-3) went the distance in a losing effort.
In the seven-inning opener, ACU put together three-run innings in the first and fourth against Jesse Garcia-Perez (4-4). The Wildcats pounded out 12 hits, with right fielder Dan Gubbels going 4-for-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in.
After Moore’s two-run single pulled ENMU to 6-4 in the fifth, Andrew Dillman relieved starter Aaron Lawler (5-1) and allowed one hit over the final 2 1/3 innings for his second save of the season.