Freedom New Mexico
ADA, Okla. — Center fielder Chase Larsson went 6-for-7 with two doubles, two homers and five RBIs and left fielder Kenny Held homered twice in the second game as Cameron routed Eastern New Mexico University 8-3 and 16-3 on Saturday, completing a sweep of the teams’ three-game Lone Star Conference series.
The Aggies (9-1, 8-1 LSC) broke open the seven-inning first game with six unearned runs after the first two men were retired in the bottom of the sixth inning. Cameron had three innings of at least four runs in the nine-inning nightcap, called after 6 1/2 innings because of the 10-run rule.
Larsson, who homered in Friday’s 5-0 Aggies win, hit his second and third homers of the season in Saturday’s opener. He gave the Aggies the lead with a two-out shot in the first off Anthony Smith (0-2), then added a two-run blast in the sixth to make it 8-0.
Cameron’s Corey Davidson (2-0) carried a four-hit shutout into the seventh, but the Greyhounds chased him with three runs on five hits before Jerry Pajak was able to get the final out with two men on.
Larsson went 4-for-4 with a double and four RBIs. Left fielder Blake Thomsen and catcher Joe Huwer each had a pair of hits for ENMU (1-9, 0-6).
The Aggies jumped on ENMU starter Corey Cole (0-3) for four runs on five hits in the bottom of the first in the second game. Junior Ryan Pruitt worked two scoreless innings, but Held’s three-run homer and catcher P.J. Ortega’s two-run single keyed a five-run fourth for the Aggies.
Pinch-hitter Russell Hartshorn led off the fifth with the Hounds’ first hit of the game off James Rhodes (2-0) and their first home run of the season, making it 9-1. The Aggies went back to work in the bottom half, scoring six runs on four hits off Jespret Shergill — a rally that included Kaleb Brawner’s two-run single and Josh Dawson’s three-run double.
Held homered again in the sixth, and the Hounds scored twice against reliever Daniel Romero in the seventh on two hits, two walks and a hit batsman.
Held finished 3-for-5 and first baseman Andrew Garcia was 3-for-4 for the Aggies, while five others had two hits.