Freedom New Mexico
STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Junior right fielder Ethan Wagner capped a big
day with a go-ahead, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning,
giving Eastern New Mexico University a 12-10 win over Tarleton State
and a sweep of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader.
The Greyhounds, who won the seven-inning opener 10-6, returned the
favor after losing twice to the Texans on Friday. It marked the third
year in a row the teams split their four-game series.
Prior to his game-winning hit, Wagner belted a solo homer in the
first — the third of three consecutive two-out solo shots behind Freddy
Carmona and Paden Vendrely — and added a two-run homer in the fourth.
He also had a single and a walk, scoring three times.
Wagner had seven RBIs for the day, driving in two runs in the first game with a single and a groundout.
Junior Seth Clabaugh (1-1), ENMU’s third pitcher in the nightcap,
worked 2 1/3 innings for the win while right-hander Jerry Manning
allowed one hit in the ninth in notching his second save of the season.
The Hounds (11-11, 7-9 LSC) led 6-1 and 10-6 in the second game,
but Tarleton rallied to tie it on a one-out solo shot by Thomas de
Angelis in the bottom of the eighth.
ENMU loaded the bases in the ninth with no one out against Chuck
Brown (1-1) when Clabaugh singled, Carmona walked and Ryan Pruitt was
hit by a pitch. Scott Crook relieved for the Texans and was greeted by
Wagner’s single to center for a 12-10 lead.
Left fielder Clayton Young led an 18-hit ENMU attack with 4-for 4, while Vendrely was 3-for-3 and Wagner 3-for-4.
In the seven-inning opener, Carmona went 2-for-4 with four RBIs,
including a three-run homer to left-center that staked the Hounds to a
6-0 lead in the fourth.
That margin grew to 10-1 in a four-run sixth, but the Texans
(10-13-1, 6-9-1) got back-to-back homers by de Angeles, a two-run shot,
and Aaron Dalton in the bottom half. In the seventh, de Angelis hit a
two-run double before reliever Evan Orsak retired the next two hitters
to end it.
Matthew Aragon (3-1) went 5 1/3 innings for the win, allowing eight
hits and four runs with two walks and six strikeouts. Vendrely added
2-for-5 at the plate with a run-scoring double in the first and an RBI
single in the sixth.
Lone Star Conference
ENMU 10, Tarleton State 6