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Eastern New Mexico University put together rallies in both games Friday to sweep a pair of Lone Star Conference baseball games from Northeastern State at Greyhound Field.
In the opener, ENMU (6-2 2-0 LSC) got a three-run triple from second baseman Chris Eaton in the sixth to rescue a 5-3 win over the RiverHawks. Then in the second game, the Greyhounds erased a 7-3 deficit with a six-run fourth and went ahead for good with a two-run seventh in a 12-10 victory.
The teams complete the four-game set with a 1 p.m. doubleheader today.
Trailing 3-2 in the opener, Freddy Carmona drew a one-out walk off RiverHawks starter Jacob Lago (0-1) in the sixth and took third on Clayton Young’s double. Seth Clabaugh walked to load the bases before Eaton cleared them with his shot up the right-center field alley.
Jerry Manning (1-0) pitched two shutout innings in relief of starter Justin Cotten for the win. Eaton and Jeremy Johnson each went 2-for-3 for the Hounds.
In the second game, ENMU scored six runs on only three hits in the fourth. The rally featured two-run singles from Johnson and Clabaugh, the latter putting the Hounds in front 9-7.
Young’s RBI single in the sixth made it 10-7, but the Hounds left the bases loaded. The RiverHawks (4-4, 0-2) rallied against reliever Doug McIntyre with a two-run triple from Eric McKinney and a run-scoring wild pitch.
The Hounds anwered in the bottom half against Corbun Frazier (0-1), the third of five Northeastern pitchers. Two walks, a wild pitch and Paden Vendrely’s run-scoring groundout put the Hounds in front, and Carmona hit a two-out RBI single for an insurance run.
Evan Orsak worked around a walk and a bunt single in a scoreless eighth, and Manning finished for his first save by setting the RiverHawks down in order in the ninth.
Carmona went 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs, while Vendrely and Clabaugh each had two hits. Clabaugh drove in three runs and Vendrely knocked in a pair.