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ENMU roundup: Baseball has tough day at LCU


Last updated 4/13/2021 at 4:02pm

LUBBOCK — Saturday turned out to be a long one for Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team.

The Greyhounds gave up five innings of at least five runs in a Lone Star Conference doubleheader as host Lubbock Christian posted 17-2 and 18-6 victories, completing a three-game series sweep.

Despite that, ENMU led 4-3 in the fifth inning of the finale, thanks to a three-run, third-inning home run by catcher Andres Quintana. In the home fifth, though, right fielder Trevor Andrus hit a go-ahead, two-run shot for the Chaps (11-16, 10-14 LSC).

First baseman Nolan Machibroda added a two-run single in the sixth, and LCU tacked on five in the seventh and six in the eighth — capped by second baseman Caden Hensley’s three-run homer with two out to end it on the 10-run rule.

Lubbock Christian, which came into the weekend with a modest 2-7 home record, pounded out 19 hits off three ENMU hurlers, including nine for extra bases. Designated hitter Luis Navarro led the way, going 5-for-6 and smashing his sixth home run of the season.

Quintana was 2-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored for the Hounds.

In the opener, the Chaps tallied five in the first and six each in the fifth and sixth innings. The Hounds got on the board with a two-run homer by right fielder Nicholas Tamez, his third of the year, in the top of the sixth off Owen Woodward (1-1).

The Chaps outhit the Hounds 15-6 in that one, with seven of their knocks going for extra bases. Tamez finished 2-for-3 for ENMU.

The Hounds have added a non-league twin bill on Tuesday against Wayland Baptist at Greyhound Field, their first home outing of the season, with the opener starting at 2 p.m. Next weekend, they visit Angelo State for a three-game LSC set, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. (MDT) single tilt on Friday.

ENMU tracksters compete at Tech — Senior Mercy Rotich led a 2-3-4 finish in the women’s 10,000-meter run on Saturday, highlighting ENMU performances in Texas Tech’s Masked Rider Open track meet at Lubbock.

Rotich finished with a time of 39 minutes, 19.84 seconds and was followed by teammates Aminata Kenyawani (39:22.64) and Kayla Sisneros (41:07.81). Converted for altitude, the times by Rotich and Kenyawani rank second and third in ENMU program history.

Juniors Malethabo Seema (4:46.01 in the 1,500) and Neri Getraide (2:17.02 in the 800) earned seventh-place finishes. Seema’s time ranks fifth in program history.

The women’s 1,600 relay team of Getraide, Torisha LaForce and Lethabo and Malethabo Seema finished eighth in 4:05.93.

Several other Greyhounds posted times which rank in the top 10 in school history, although they didn’t place that high in the mostly-Division I competition.

ENMU thinclads return to action on April 22 in the John Kirby Tailwind Open at Albuquerque, hosted by the University of New Mexico.

Aggies dominate Hounds in softball — On Sunday, ENMU managed only one hit in each game and absorbed a 17-1, 10-0 LSC softball sweep against Cameron at Lawton, Okla.

Aggies senior right-hander Bethany Hines (8-4) had a perfect game working until ENMU’s Azalea Martinez belted a one-out home run to left in the top of the fifth. Martinez now has three of the team’s four home runs for the season, and eight of her 11 hits have gone for extra bases.

Cameron (20-12, 11-9 LSC) scored in all four turns at bat in both games. Senior catcher Callie Christensen had two of the team’s four home runs in the opener, giving her nine for the season, and finished 3-for-3 with a walk and four runs scored.

In Game 2, Christensen was 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs, while pitcher Braley Webb and right fielder Haley Castle were both 2-for-3 a pair of RBIs. Meantime, Webb (7-5), a sophomore left-hander, gave up only a second-inning single to freshman right fielder Aylene Lucero.

The Greyhounds (0-17, 0-16) had three other baserunners, coming on two walks and an error. On the positive side, ENMU hitters struck out just four times all day, all against Hines.

ENMU visits Texas Woman’s for a 2 p.m. (MDT) doubleheader on Friday and Midwestern State in an 11 a.m. (MDT) twin bill on Sunday. The Hounds’ next four opponents are immediately above them in the standings and stand a combined 21-88 overall, including 11-69 in the conference.


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