Wayland waylays struggling Hounds

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Third baseman Brett Cook went 3-for-4, scoring three runs and driving in two, and Wayland Baptist took control with a four-run third after the first two hitters were retired to beat Eastern New Mexico University 10-5 on Tuesday in a non-conference baseball game at Greyhound Field.

The Pioneers (15-13) finished with 11 hits, but were trailing 1-0 in the third after ENMU starter Evan Courteau (3-5) set down the first eight hitters he faced.

Eric Brown then walked, stole second, took third on an overthrow and, after another walk, scored on Matt Knobbe’s infield hit. Johnathan Torres added a two-run single and scored on Westin Rhoads’ single for a 4-1 lead that the Pioneers never relinquished.

Stephen Anderson (3-2) went five innings for Wayland, allowing three runs on five hits.

Cook led off the fifth with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Torres’ single to center, making it 5-2. Cook added a two-run infield hit in the sixth to make it 7-3.

ENMU (11-18) had eight hits, with shortstop Clayton Young going 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored. Right fielder Casey Bigham also went 2-for-3, knocking in a run with a sixth-inning single.

The Hounds’ four pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts, but also issued two wild pitches and committed a balk. ENMU’s catchers were charged with three passed balls.