Freedom New Mexico
MIDLAND, Texas — Junior right-hander Tyler Doughty scattered five hits over six innings and Eastern New Mexico University held off Howard Payne 6-4 Saturday for its third consecutive win in the season-opening UT-Permian Basin Classic baseball tournament.
The host Falcons, though, kept the Greyhounds from a perfect weekend, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the fourth and holding on for an 11-9 win. Permian Basin improved to 4-0 with the victory.
Jonathon Marbury staked the Hounds to a 2-0 lead against Howard Payne with a two-run double in the second. The Hounds went in front 6-0 with three in the seventh, getting an RBI triple from Clayton Young and run-scoring doubles from Tyler Hayes and Seth Clabaugh.
The Yellow Jackets (1-2) chased Doughty with a three-run seventh, only one of the runs earned. In the eighth, Kyle Lloyd’s RBI single made it 6-4, but senior right-hander Keith Balderaz earned his school-record 16th career save and first of the season by notching the final four outs.
Hayes led a 10-hit ENMU attack with 3-for-5, including a double and a triple.
The Hounds scored three in the top of the first against Permian Basin and led 5-2 before the roof caved in against Clabaugh (0-1) and reliever Doug McIntyre in the fifth inning. The Falcons sent 11 men to the plate, scoring their seven runs on four hits, two walks and two hit batsmen.
Marbury delivered a leadoff inside-the-park homer in the sixth, but the Falcons never relinquished the lead. Junior right-hander Matt Scheffer pitched the ninth for Permian Basin to earn a save.
Marbury went 3-for-4 for ENMU, while Hayes had a pair of doubles and Young added two singles.