ENMU earns series split against Cameron

CNJ staff

LAWTON, Okla. — Third baseman Derrick Kennedy and catcher Freddy Carmona each had four hits and four RBIs and Eastern New Mexico erupted late for a 20-7 Lone Star Conference baseball victory over Cameron on Sunday.

With the scored tied 3-3, the Greyhounds (10-6, 4-4 LSC) scored seven runs in the sixth, three in the seventh and seven in the eighth to earn a split of the four-game series with the Aggies (11-9, 5-7). The game ended after eight on the 10-run rule.

ENMU collected 18 hits, including three home runs. Meantime, the Greyhounds’ infield turned four ground-ball double plays on Sunday after posting one in each game of Saturday’s twin bill.

Carmona belted a grand slam, his second homer of the season, to highlight the Hounds’ sixth-inning burst. The blast followed three hit batsmen and a bases-loaded walk.

Kennedy hit a one-out homer in the seventh, and first baseman Mitch Wolfe’s two-run single made it 13-3. The eighth-inning outburst included a two-run single by Kennedy and a two-run double by designated hitter Paden Vendrely.

Kennedy went 4-for-4 and reached base his other two times up on a walk and a hit-by-pitch. ENMU center fielder Jonathon Marbury, whose season-opening 12-game hitting streak ended in Friday’s 4-3, 10-inning loss, whacked his team-leading fifth homer in the second inning.

Junior right-hander Thomas Green (2-0) went 6 1/3 innings for the win, allowing 10 hits and four runs with three walks and eight strikeouts.