LCU outslugs Hounds 13-10

Staff report
LUBBOCK — Right fielder Ethan Kohnle drove in four runs with three doubles and Lubbock Christian outlasted Eastern New Mexico University 13-10 in non-league baseball on Tuesday.

Junior Jesse Pintado drove in three runs with a triple and a single as the Chaparrals (16-16) built an 11-4 lead before holding off a rally by the Greyhounds (9-19).

ENMU got a three-run homer from Daniel Ward in the sixth, then added two in the seventh and one in the eighth to pull to 11-10 before Kohnle gave LCU some breathing room with a two-out, two-run double off Ward, ENMU’s sixth pitcher making his first appearance on the mound this season.

The Hounds jumped on top with two runs in the top of the first, but LCU came back with three in the bottom half and opened a 7-3 lead with a four-run second highlighted by Pintado’s two-run double.

Freshman Jay Rawlins (4-0) got the win after relieving starter Elfego Torres in the second inning. The Champs used six pitchers in the contest.

The two teams combined for 14 walks, four hit batsmen and 33 strikeouts — 15 by ENMU pitchers, 18 by Chaps hurlers.

Ward also had a run-scoring single in the first and finished 2-for-5 for the Hounds. Right fielder Jacob Cluff, who entered the game 1-for-7 for the season, went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and two RBIs while center fielder Charles Sandberg Jr. was 2-for-3 with a walk.

ENMU returns to Lone Star Conference play with a three-game series this weekend at Tarleton State.