Hounds continue strong start

CNJ staff

Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team is off to another flying start.

After opening with 16 wins in their first 20 games a year ago, the Greyhounds improved to 7-0 so far this spring on Saturday with a 9-2, 5-4 doubleheader sweep of Colorado School of Mines at Greyhound Field.

The teams will complete their four-game series at noon today. ENMU won Friday’s series opener 3-2.

Sophomore Tyler Doughty preserved the second-game win for the Hounds, retiring John Naccarato on a fly ball to center for his second save after the Orediggers (0-3) reached Derrick Kennedy for three two-out runs in the top of the seventh.

Right-hander Jeff Roemer (1-0) scattered five hits over 4 2/3 innings to pick up the win, walking two and striking out three. Meantime, freshman second baseman Sean Cruce went 3-for-3 and scored twice and junior outfielder Jonathon Marbury went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple in the second and a run-scoring single in the sixth.

That run proved to be the difference after Stefan Revielle doubled with one out in the second, Nick Walker hit a two-out RBI single and Mike Deal belted a two-run homer over the left-center field fence.

In the opener, sophomore left-hander Seth Clabaugh (2-0) allowed five hits over seven innings and benefited from a 13-hit ENMU attack that included three hits and three RBIs by Kennedy and three hits and two RBIs by Mike McDuffie.

Troy Vaughan’s sacrifice fly put the Hounds on top in the first and ENMU made it 4-0 in the third on RBI doubles by Kennedy and Kelton Hayes around a run-scoring infield hit by Vaughan.

Clayton Young added a sacrifice fly in the fourth, and the Hounds made it 7-0 in the seventh on run-scoring doubles by McDuffie and Kennedy.