Hounds rout Wayland Baptist

CNJ staff

PORTALES — Where has this been all season?

Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team, with only 38 runs in its first 13 games, erupted for 19 hits on Tuesday in a rare 20-3 non-conference rout of Wayland Baptist at Greyhound Field.

The game was shortened to 6 1/2 innings by the 10-run rule.

Eight Greyhounds had at least one run batted in in the contest, including four players with three or more. All nine Hounds hit safely, and eight players scored at least one run.

Perhaps the biggest moment of the game, though, came on defense in the top of the first inning.

The Pioneers (10-14), who beat the Hounds 11-1 in a season-opening tournament at Texas-Permian Basin, loaded the bases with no one out on two walks around a hit batsman. Freshman left-hander Aaron Anderson got designated hitter Kevin Hennessey to tap into a pitcher-to-home-to-first double play, then retired Brian Embrey on a fly to right to escape unscathed.

ENMU promptly scored four runs off Gilbeto Reyes (0-2) in the bottom of the inning, then chased him during a five-run second highlighted by Blake Thomsen’s two-run single.

Anderson worked three innings before giving way to sophomore right-hander Lane Drake (1-0) of Clovis, who went the next three to earn the victory.

Catcher Joe Huwer and first baseman Mitch Wolfe led the ENMU onslaught, both going 4-for-5. Huwer scored five runs while Wolfe had two doubles, scored four runs and drove in three.

Second baseman Chris Eaton had only one hit, but drove in four runs with sacrifice flies in each of the first two innings and a two-run single in the fifth. Catcher Dillon Downs was 3-for-3 with a walk.

Ironically, the only home runs of the game accounted for all of WBU’s scoring. First baseman Nick Noll hit a two-run homer off Anderson in the third, and third baseman Miguel Pagan added a solo shot off Drake in the fifth.