Kingsville notches split with ENMU

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KINGSVILLE, Texas — Seth Clabaugh’s sacrifice fly capped a three-run
seventh and Eastern New Mexico University rallied for a 4-3 Lone Star
Conference South Division baseball victory over Texas
A&M-Kingsville on Friday.

The Javelinas came back for a split, though, winning the second game 3-2 on a run-scoring wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th.

In the seven-inning opener, ENMU (12-12, 8-10 LSC) entered its final
at-bat trailing 3-1 before mounting a comeback against Kingsville’s
Ryan Torres (1-3), who had allowed only four hits to that point.

Sean Cruce led off with an infield hit and moved to second on Ryan
Pruitt’s one-out single. Pinch-hitter Garrett Cook then delivered a
run-scoring single to center.

Clayton Young greeted reliever Steven Hooker with a game-tying RBI
double, and Chris Eaton was intentially walked before Clabaugh lined a
ball to right field that the Javs’ Will Mettlach dropped, but was deep
enough to score Cook.

Clabaugh pitched five-plus solid innings for the Greyhounds,
allowing four hits and two runs. Evan Orsak (3-1) struggled with
control in relief, hitting Mettlach with the bases loaded to force in
the go-ahead run and then walking Brandon Rohr to force in another run
for a 3-1 Javs lead.

ENMU’s Jerry Manning worked a perfect seventh to earn his third
save. Eaton and Cruce both went 2-for-3 for the Hounds, who outhit
Kingsville 8-4.

The nightcap turned into another pitcher’s duel, with ENMU’s Ismael
Solis and Kingsville’s Sam Strickland each pitching into the eighth
inning.

Kingsivlle jumped on top on Clifton Thomas’ RBI single in the third,
but Clabaugh’s two-out, two-run double in the fifth put the Hounds in
front. The Javelinas promptly tied it in the bottom half when Robert
Cox hit a two-out double to send Thomas to third, and Thomas scored on
a throwing error by Hounds right fielder Ethan Wagner.

Both starting pitchers were lifted with two on and two out in the
eighth. Kingsville’s Wes Callahan (1-2) got ENMU catcher Freddy Carmona
on a fielder’s choice grounder in the top half while ENMU’s Juan
Sanchez