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After trading blowouts with Tarleton State in the first two games of their Lone Star Conference baseball series, Eastern New Mexico University needed a little extra-inning magic to take the series lead.
Tarleton State pounded the Greyhounds 15-5 in Saturday’s opener at Greyhound Field. In the nightcap, scheduled for seven innings, ENMU (12-7, 6-5 South) scratched out two runs in the bottom of the eighth for a 6-5 win.
The Hounds won Friday’s series opener 20-5. The teams finish the four-game set with a 1 p.m. nine-inning game today.
The Texans (10-13, 5-10) took a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth on a run-scoring single by Charles Desmares off ENMU closer Keith Balderaz (1-1). ENMU rallied in the bottom half, tying the score on a leadoff double by Sean Cruce and a single by Jonathon Marbury.
After a strikeout, Marbury stole second and advanced to third when catcher Keith Peacock’s throw went into center field. Tyler Hayes was hit by a pitch and Derrick Kennedy was safe on an infield hit, with Marbury holding third.
Freddy Carmona then hit what appeared to be a walk-off single, but Kennedy was ruled to not have touched second base and was called out on a forceout. Since it was only the second out, however, the play allowed Marbury to score the winning run.
Cruce’s two-run single highlighted ENMU’s three-run second, but the Texans came back with two-run innings in the third and fourth to take the lead. The Hounds tied it in the sixth when Clayton Young singled home Cruce.
Carmona went 3-for-5 while Young and Cruce each had two hits for ENMU.
In the opener, the Texans pounded out 23 hits and took quick control with a four-run first against Ismael Solis (2-1). Solis gave up 14 hits and 10 runs in four-plus innings.
Right fielder Seth Clabaugh drove in three runs with a pair of doubles for ENMU, while Carmona went 2-for-3 and scored twice.