Hounds crushed in doubleheader by Southwestern

CNJ staff

WEATHERFORD, Okla. — After making the most of their opportunities through 20 games, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team saw everything go wrong in one day on Friday.

The Greyhounds trailed from start to finish in both ends of a crossover twin bill against North Division member Southwestern Oklahoma, losing the opener 14-5 and the nightcap 9-3. The teams are slated to play another twin bill at noon (MST) today.

ENMU (16-6) is still off to its best start since coach Phil Clabaugh resurrected the program in 1992, but of concern is the fact that four of the Hounds’ losses have been by six or more runs.

Center fielder Landon Thompson went 6-for-7 in the twin bill for the Bulldogs (10-8), with three RBIs in each game. He had a double and two triples en route to a 4-for-4 outing in the opener.

Senior right-hander Kelly Crain (3-2) was roughed up for 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings in the opener, and was chased in an 11-run fifth that included 10 Southwestern hits and three ENMU errors. Six of the runs were unearned as the Bulldogs opened a 14-1 lead.

Thompson had an RBI triple and a run-scoring double in the inning. Catcher Tanner Dewald added a two-run single as the Bulldogs sent 15 men to the plate before reliever Evan Orsak got the final out.

Pinch-hitter Micah Bernhardt delivered a two-run triple and scored on Justin Gee’s groundout in the seventh off reliever Kole Kennedy, but it was far too little, far too late. Starter Colby Tackett (2-3) went six innings, allowing eight hits with no walks and six strikeouts.

In the second game, the Bulldogs jumped on senior left-hander David Swinconos (0-3) for seven runs in the first two innings. Dewald singled home two runs in the first before Levi Garrett’s three-run double keyed a five-run Southwestern second.

Gee hit a run-scoring single in the fourth, then doubled home a run and scored on Bernhardt’s single in the sixth to make it 7-3, but Thompson got those runs back in the bottom of the inning with a two-run double off reliever Jeff Roemer.