Hounds absorb two more walkoff losses

CNJ staff

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team has to be wondering what it has to do this weekend to get a win against Angelo State.

The Greyhounds saw a two-run, ninth-inning lead slip away on Friday in a 9-8 loss in the opener of the Lone Star Conference series. On Saturday, it was twice as tough.

In games scheduled for seven innings, the Rams won the opener 2-1 on second baseman Brett David’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh, then rallied three times from the brink of defeat to take the 4-hour, 1 minute second game 9-8 in 12 innings.

ASU (20-12, 10-9 LSC), which survived five errors in the second game, will try for a series sweep in today’s 1 p.m. finale.

ENMU first-game starter Matthew Artalejo (4-3) and second-game starter Rusty Edwards pitched well enough to win. Artelejo (4-3) threw a complete-game four-hitter while Edwards had a 3-1 lead in the nightcap until No. 9 hitter Reggie Rodriguez, a sub.-200 hitter with no homers in 66 previous at bats, launched a three-run shot in the bottom of the sixth for a 4-3 lead.

ENMU (15-16, 5-14) tied it on a two-out Rams error in the seventh, then opened a 7-4 in the ninth on a two-out RBI single by left fielder Rawley Gomez and another error that allowed two more runs to score.

The Rams, with two out and nobody one in the bottom half, nonetheless managed to come back again on a walk to catcher Cameron Massengill, a single to left to Hunter Choate and a first-pitch, three-run homer by David — also his first — off reliever Jonathan Joy.

The Hounds went back in front in the 12th on a run-scoring single by third baseman Sam Hedrick, but they eventually failed to add any more runs after loading the bases with one out.

Reliever Jackson Gaskins (1-1) then retired the first two Rams hitters in the bottom half before giving up a walk and a single. A wild pitch moved the runners up before first baseman Derek Tyner — 0-for-5 to that point — hit a two-run single to center.

ENMU outhit Angelo 14-13, with lGomez going 4-for-7 and Matthew Burks and Brett Ackerman each finishing 3-for-6.

In the opener, Coughenour’s sacrifice fly staked ASU to a 1-0 lead in the third, but the Hounds tied it in the fourth on an RBI fielder’s choice by Gomez.

That score held until the seventh, when Tyner led off with a double to left and took third on a sacrifice. Artelejo then issued intentional walks to set up a forced out at home before David followed with his sac fly.