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Greyhounds baseball team improves to 7-2


February 11, 2018

ATLANTA — The Eastern New Mexico baseball team wound up playing a Friday triple-header, thanks to a slight schedule reshuffling in anticipation of bad weather later in the weekend.

And, the end of Friday's action brought a clean sweep for the Greyhounds, as they won that third game 6-1 over Fairmont State, fueled by Cesar Capellan's nine-inning three-hitter in the Peachtree City Classic.

Capellan (2-0) kept Fairmont State handcuffed, striking out 15 while walking just four during his complete-game gem.

On the offensive side, Eastern plated four runs before Fairmont picked up its one. It started in the top of the first, as Endy Villalona manufactured a Greyhound run - he led off the game with a walk, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and stole home to make it 1-0.

It was Villalona again putting the Hounds in business as the top of the third unfolded. He led off this time with a single, then stole second. After Alex DeLaCruz walked, he moved to second and Villalona to third on Reynaldo Guillen's sacrifice bunt. Villalona scored on Julian Heredia's sac bunt, and DeLaCruz came in on an Andrew Stubbs triple, increasing Eastern's lead to 3-0.

ENMU picked up a run in the fourth on a leadoff homer from Chris Padilla. The Greyhounds added another run in the fifth when DeLaCruz led off with a double, grabbed third on a Heredia sacrifice fly and stole home. And, the Hounds' final run of the night crossed home in the top of the ninth, on an RBI double from Levi Shandrew that plated Malcolm Smith.

DeLaCruz was the only Greyhound to reach multiple hits, collecting two. He also scored two runs, as did Villalona.

Fairmont's Michael Stout (0-1) also went all nine innings. He scattered seven hits and struck out 11, though he did walk seven.

In a Saturday game, the fun rolled on as the Greyhounds walloped Tuskegee 13-5, won their fourth straight and improved to 7-2 in the process.

The Hounds picked up all the runs they would need in the bottom of the first inning, plating three. Villalona began the fireworks by leading off with a homer, and an out later, Reynaldo Guillen and Heredia drew consecutive walks. They pulled off a double steal, moving to second and third, then both came home on a Stubbs single, making it 3-0.

Villalona clubbed another solo homer in the bottom of the second, this one coming with two outs to make Eastern's lead 4-0.

Though the Hounds were clinging to a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, they used some small ball in that frame to score five runs that broke the game open. Gabriel Vargas' fielder's choice scored Padilla; Paul Tapia scored on a bases loaded walk by DeLaCruz; Vargas came in on a Guillen single; Villalona was pushed home by Heredia's bases-loaded walk; and DeLaCruz scored on a fielder's choice by Stubbs.

Enrique Perez got the win, despite getting peppered with 11 hits through his 6 1/3 innings of work. Perez (1-0) did strike out seven against just one walk.

Andrew Montoya pitched the last 2 2/3, allowing only two hits while striking out one and walking one.

Stubbs was Eastern's big RBI man against Tuskegee, driving in five to go with two hits. Heredia had three RBI, a hit and a run scored. Villalona went 3-for-3, with two RBI and four runs scored. And Guillen was 2-for-3, with an RBI and three runs scored.


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