Bulldogs complete sweep of Hounds

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team is probably glad to see Southwestern Oklahoma leave town.

The Bulldogs (4-9) came to Portales winless, but left with a stunning four-game Lone Star Conference crossover sweep of the Greyhounds after taking 7-2 and 8-6 verdicts on Saturday at Greyhound Field.

Southwestern’s Gabe Winn (1-1) pitched a complete-game eight-hitter in the opener and blanked the Hounds (10-10) until the sixth. In the meantime, the Bulldogs opened a 5-0 lead by the third inning against Evan Courteau (3-2).

Southwestern took advantage of a two-out error to score two unearned runs in the second, then got RBI singles from Sean Rogers, Tristan Cummings and Kenny Hare in the third.

Down 7-0, Tyler Hayes led off the ENMU sixth with a triple and scored on a one-out sacrifice fly by Gerald Juarez. Casey Bigham singled and Jonathon Marbury walked, then Matt Chavez beat out an infield hit and Bigham scored when shortstop Lance Scales threw wildly past first.

In the second game, Cummings’ two-run homer off Jeff Roemer (1-3) in the fourth put Southwestern ahead 4-1. The Bulldogs took advantage of two more ENMU errors for four unearned runs off reliever Seth Clabaugh in the sixth and an 8-3 lead, a rally capped by Hare’s two-run homer to right-center.

The Hounds chased starter Ty Pool (1-3) in the seventh as Marbury singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Young’s single to center before Hayes followed his first homer of the season, a two-run shot to left-center. Reliever Brian Wortham then issued two-out walks to Sean Cruce and Bigham, but nailed down his first save by retiring catcher Paden Vendrely on a fly ball to right.

Hayes went 3-for-4 with four RBIs for the Hounds, who finished with nine hits.