Freedom New Mexico
Two streaks ended in the first game of Saturday’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field.
Eastern New Mexico University put an end to its nine-game slide and posted its first conference win with a 4-2 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma behind senior right-hander Anthony Smith’s complete-game three-hitter. It also snapped the Bulldogs’ 12-game winning streak.
Southwestern (14-5, 10-5 LSC) got back on track in the nightcap, however, routing the Greyhounds 14-2 behind a nine-run fourth inning to capture the three-game series.
Smith (1-3) walked one and struck out seven in the seven-inning opener, needing just 94 pitches. The only damage against him came on catcher Tyler Wells’ third home run of the season, a two-run shot in the top of the fifth.
ENMU (2-11, 1-8) took advantage of wildness by Southwestern starter Ty Overton (1-2) and Henry Contin to score three runs without benefit of a hit in the bottom of the fourth.
Leading 1-0, the Hounds loaded the bases with no one out on a walk and two hit batsmen against Overton. Contin relieved and got Luis Quinones on an infield pop-up, but he then hit Blake Thomsen with a pitch to force in a run.
Contin followed with a run-scoring wild pitch before ENMU catcher Joe Huwer delivered the third tally of the inning with a sacrifice fly to left.
In the third, ENMU third baseman Joe Jones beat out a bunt. Quinones forced Jones trying to sacrifice, but Thomsen and Mitch Wolfe followed with singles to bring him around.
In the nightcap, shortened from nine innings to seven by the 10-run rule, Southwestern’s Jeremy Soliday went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and shortstop Christian Wise went 4-for-5 with three doubles, four runs scored and two RBIs .
ENMU’s Corey Cole (0-3) retired the first five Southwestern hitters before the Bulldogs loaded the bases with two out in the second. No. 9 hitter Kyle Meadows followed with a two-run single to right.
In the fourth, the Bulldogs chased Cole with eight hits, highlighted by a two-run single by Wells and an RBI single and a two-run double by Soliday. They made it 14-0 with three in the sixth, including a two-run single by Soliday.
Bulldogs starter Austin Woodard (1-2) pitched into the sixth, allowing five hits and surviving six walks. Chris Rogers relieved Woodard with two outs and the bases loaded and got Quinones on a fielder’s choice grounder.
Kevin Thompson and Alex Schultz had run-scoring singles in the sixth and seventh, respectively, for ENMU.