Hounds storm back to sweep ACU
March 31, 2012
If nothing else, the Eastern New Mexico University baseball team has shown plenty of spunk this weekend.
After Saturday, they finally have some results to go with it.
JOSHUA LUCERO: CMI correspondent
ENMU's Peter Creamer slides in safely after going first-to-third on a fourth-inning single by Dillon Downs in the second game of Saturday's Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader against Abilene Christian at Greyhound Field.
ENMU trailed 11-2, 11-2 and 5-0 in the first three games of their Lone Star Conference series against Abilene Christian at Greyhound Field. But after falling short 11-8 on Friday, the Greyhounds stormed back for a 13-12, 17-9 sweep on Saturday, pounding out 32 hits in a pair of seven-inning games and snapping their 10-game losing streak.
According to ENMU sports information, the first-game comeback is believed to be the program's largest since it was reinstated in 1992. The Hounds erased an eight-run deficit to win at Angelo State in 2010.
ENMU, which also posted a non-league victory over the Wildcats this spring, has three wins over ACU in a season for the first time since 1995. The teams end their four-game set with a 1 p.m. single game today.
JOSHUA LUCERO: CMI correspondent
ENMU second baseman Daniel Binz mishandles a ground ball in the top of the fifth in Saturday's second game of a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader against Abilene Christian at Greyhound Field.
ACU (17-15, 5-6 LSC) took an 11-2 lead in Saturday's opener with six runs in the fourth and four in the fifth. The Hounds (11-17, 2-9) battled back with four in the fifth and seven in the sixth, pulling to 12-11 on a bases-clearing double by designated hitter Mitch Wolfe before catcher Peter Creamer tied it with an RBI double and scored what proved to be the game-winner on third baseman Sam Hedrick's single to center.
Sophomore right-hander David Johnson (1-0) survived an eventful sixth to earn the win, and sophomore right-hander Chris Bataska got Wildcats catcher Rodge Macy on strikes with two on in the seventh for his third save.
Wolfe, Creamer and freshman shortstop Dylan Nault all had three hits for ENMU, which tied a season high for the second day in a row with 17 hits.
In the second game, junior left fielder Luis Quinones hit a two-run single in the second and a two-run triple in the third as the Hounds turned a 5-0 deficit into a 9-7 lead and never looked back.
Quinones and second baseman Daniel Binz each had three of ENMU's 15 hits, while Hedrick scored three runs and drove in three with a squeeze bunt and a two-run single.
Sophomore right-hander Brett Humphries (3-0) relieved starter Joe Jones with one out in the second and went the rest of the way, allowing seven hits and four runs (two earned). Kenny Herman (0-1), the second of four ACU hurlers, took the loss.
Lone Star Conference
ENMU 13, Abilene Christian 12
Abilene Christian 001 641 0 —12 14 1
ENMU 020 047 x —13 17 0
Jordan Herrera, Michael Curtis (5), Brady Rodriguez (5), Travis Schuetz (6), Clint Cooper (6) and Rodge Macy; Daniel Sterling, Moto Asai (5), David Johnson (6), Chris Bataska (7) and Peter Creamer, Dillon Downs (7). W — Johnson (1-0). L — Schuetz (0-1). Sv — Bataska (3). DP — Abilene Christian 2, Eastern New Mexico 1. LOB — Abilene Christian 7, Eastern New Mexico 5. 2B — Abilene Christian: Tyler Eager, Kyle Conwell, Macy. Eastern New Mexico: Mitch Wolfe 2, Creamer. 3B — Eager, Conwell, Kevin Finlea. Eastern New Mexico: Dylan Nault. T — 2:50.
ENMU 17, Abilene Christian 9
Abilene Christian 232 003 0 — 9 11 1
ENMU 054 323 x —17 15 2
Austin Palme, Kenny Herman (3), Kregg Snook (5), Michael Curtis (6) and Rodge Macy, Emmett Niland (3); Joe Jones, Brett Humphries (2) and Dillon Downs. W — Humphries (3-0). L — Herman (0-1). DP — Abilene Christian 2, Eastern New Mexico 2. LOB — Abilene Christian 6, Eastern New Mexico 8. 2B — Abilene Christian: Kyle Conwell, Duncan Blades, Reed Watson. Eastern New Mexico: Daniel Binz, Derek Crenshaw, Downs. 3B — Abilene Christian: Eager. Eastern New Mexico: Luis Quinones. T — 2:50. A — 85.