Cameron sweeps Hounds again

Freedom Newspapers

Eastern New Mexico University’s bats remained silent again on Saturday.

In fact, the Greyhounds came dangerously close to getting shut out three times in their four-game series against Cameron, dropping the opener 5-2 and losing the nightcap 3-0 at Greyhound Field.

Aggies pitching baffled the Hounds (16-12) all weekend. The Hounds were held to 24 hits — all but three of them singles — and just five runs. ENMU, averaging more than 8 1/2 runs through its first 20 games, has scored only 19 runs in losing its last eight outings.

Only designated hitter Kelton Hayes’ two-out, two-run double to right-center in the bottom of the seventh off junior right-hander Art Gonzales (3-3) in the opener prevented Cameron (12-13) from notching a third complete-game whitewash in the series. Cameron beat Eastern 4-0 and 13-3 on Friday.

On the bright side, the Hounds got good pitching in both games. Junior Evan Courteau (3-3) went six innings in the first game, while junior Jeff Roemer (3-1) allowed two runs in four innings in game 2.

First baseman John Herbert delivered a two-run, opposite-field single to left in the first inning off Roemer in the nightcap. Right-hander L.J. Willis, who came in with a 6.00 earned run average, made it stand up with a six-hitter, setting down 10 of ENMU’s final 11 hitters.

Willis gave up first-inning singles to Ryan French and Seth Clabaugh, but a got a double-play grounder in between and escaped. The Hounds put two on with two out in the second, but Willis got Derrick Kennedy on a fly ball to right.

The Aggies picked up an insurance run off reliever Charlie Ward in the fifth when Blake Hughes hit a two-out single to left and scored on B.J. Cole’s double to left-center.

In the first game, Hughes’ two-out, two-run single staked the Aggies to a 5-0 lead in the fourth.

Gonzales cruised into the seventh with a four-hitter, but issued a leadoff walk. He got the next two hitters before Mike McDuffie punched a single into left-center. Both runners rode home on Hayes’ opposite-field double.