DURANT, Okla. — Freshman right-hander Ryan Boydstun earned a save with 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief, inducing a game-ending, bases-loaded double play in the bottom of the ninth inning, and senior shortstop Alex Schultz collected four hits as Eastern New Mexico University beat Southeastern Oklahoma 6-4 on Friday to earn a doubleheader split against its former Lone Star Conference rival.
The Savage Storm won the seven-inning opener 14-4. The teams complete their series with an 11 a.m. (MST) single game today, with the Greyhounds (6-3) looking for their first series win over the Savage Storm at Durant in four tries.
Southeastern (7-4), which left the LSC for the Great American Conference after the 2010-11 school year, loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against Boydstun on two walks and an error. He induced shortstop Kevin Phillips to roll into a 4-6-3 twin killing — ENMU’s third of the game — to end it.
Sophomore right-hander Brett Humphries (2-0) worked the first 5 1/3 innings for Eastern, allowing six hits and four earned runs.
Trailing 3-1, ENMU tied it in the fourth on Blake Thomsen’s squeeze bunt and a throwing error on the play by first baseman Nick Grimmett, allowing Schultz to score all the way from first.
The Hounds took a 5-3 lead in the sixth on an RBI double by Schultz — ENMU’s only extra-base hit of the day — and a double steal, with Schultz scoring on the back end. Designated hitter Mitch Wolfe made it 6-4 with an RBI single in the seventh.
In the first game, catcher Brad Shankle hit a pair of two-run doubles from the No. 9 hole and the Savage Storm broke it open with seven unearned runs in the sixth as the Hounds committed two errors and a passed ball. Southeastern pounded out six extra-base hits, including home runs by Riley Keith and Phillips.
Junior right-hander Brandon Marris (3-1) went 5 2/3 innings for the win, allowing six hits and three runs (two earned) with six strikeouts.