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ENMU, Falcons split Friday twin bill

 

March 8, 2020

Kevin Wilson

Eastern New Mexico shortstop Jokaira Paredes picks up the grounder in the top of the third inning of Friday's doubleheader opener at Greyhound Softball Field. Paredes was unable to make a throw on the play.

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University’s softball team opened Lone Star Conference play with a stunning comeback in the opener of a Friday doubleheader against Texas-Permian Basin.

The Greyhounds tried to do the same thing in Game 2, but the Falcons’ Abrie Castillo held them off.

Sophomore center fielder Jenny McElroy drove in five runs with a double and a pair of home runs, the latter a two-out walkoff shot in the bottom of the seventh, as ENMU claimed a 9-7 victory in Game 1. Trailing 4-1 in the nightcap, though, the Hounds couldn’t break through against Castillo (5-2), who threw a complete-game eight-hitter in a 4-3 Falcons win.

Trailing 5-2 in the opener, the Hounds (7-8 overall) rallied for three runs in the sixth to chase Falcons starter Marissa Salinas, with McElroy’s first two-run shot tying it up.

Kevin Wilson

Greyhound catcher Mackenzie Shaw gets the glove on the leg of Texas-Permian Basin baserunner Ashlynn Bradley in the fourth inning of Friday's doubleheader opener.

UTPB (13-13, 3-3 LSC) regained the lead with two-runs in the seventh, but couldn’t make them stand up despite the fact that reliever Abby Cousins (2-4) retired the first two hitters. Lauren Avalos doubled to right-center and senior Elysa Rodriguez followed with a tying two-run homer, her first of the season.

After a walk to shortstop Jokaira Paredes, McElroy launched her team-leading fifth homer of the season over the barrier in left-center.

Both teams finished with 12 hits, with Rodriguez finishing the contest 3-for-4.

In the second game, Castillo walked one, struck out three and scattered eight hits to help the Falcons earn a split. Junior Sierra Rodriguez (0-3) went five innings in the circle for the Hounds, allowing six hits and four runs with five strikeouts.

Adriana Carabajal’s first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth, pulled the Hounds to 4-3 before Castillo, a freshman right-hander, retired eight of the final nine ENMU hitters.

ENMU hosted a noon LSC twin bill Saturday against rival Western New Mexico. The games were originally scheduled for today but moved due to weather concerns.

 
 

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