Angelo State crushes Hounds in doubleheader

PNT staff

What started out as a promising weekend went downhill quickly for the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team.

Angelo State bounced back from a 15-1 loss in Friday’s series opener to take the final three games of the Lone Star Conference South Division-opening series for both teams, crushing the Greyhounds 24-6 and 12-4 in Saturday’s doubleheader.

The Rams (24-11, 3-1 South) pounded out 29 hits in the opener, scoring six runs in both the first and ninth innings. Nathan Hamm went 5-for-5 with five runs scored and five RBIs, while designated hitter Bucky Strickland was 5-for-6 and six others had at least two hits.

Third baseman Derrick Kennedy was 3-for-five for the Hounds (19-19, 1-3). Elliott Love (6-3) went seven innings for the win for Angelo.

In the seven-inning second game, Clay Calfee’s leadoff homer ignited an eight-run fourth that broke open a 4-3 game. The Rams had seven hits in the inning, chasing starter Evan Courteau (5-4), and sent 13 batters to the plate.

Right-hander Kyle Gibson (1-2) worked five innings in relief for the win, allowing three hits and only an unearned run in the seventh.