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Hounds will play 11-game football slate


Last updated 5/8/2021 at 3:36pm

PORTALES — Eastern New Mexico University has finalized its 2021 football schedule.

According to a release from the school this week, the Greyhounds are slated to play an 11-game slate, including seven Lone Star Conference matchups, after missing the 2020 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s going to be great having six home games at Greyhound Stadium,” first-year ENMU coach Tye Hiatt said in the release. “There haven’t been many times throughout my coaching career that I’ve had the opportunity to play at home six times in one season, but our team is looking forward to playing in front of our fans and students.”

ENMU has three home games to start the season, welcoming Central Washington on Sept. 2 and Adams State on Sept. 11 before opening LSC play against Texas A&M-Kingsville the following week.

The first road game comes on Sept. 25 at Midwestern State. ENMU then hosts Lincoln (Calif.), a Division II school based in Oakland which is launching an athletics program this year, on Oct. 2 for Homecoming.

Following are LSC outings at Western New Mexico on Oct. 9, at home against West Texas A&M on Oct. 16, at Texas-Permian Basin on Oct. 23 and at home against Angelo State on Oct. 30. ENMU then visits North American University in Stafford, Texas, near Houston, for a non-league tilt on Nov. 6 before returning to conference play for its finale on Nov. 13 at Texas A&M-Commerce.

ENMU wraps up softball campaign — The freshman-laden Greyhounds finished their season with makeup doubleheaders on Wednesday at St. Mary’s and on Friday at St. Edward’s, losing all four games but competing well in three of them. The twin bills were originally scheduled for late March at Greyhound Softball Field, and as such ENMU (4-27, 4-26 LSC) served as the “home” team in all four contests.

St. Mary’s 3-12, ENMU 1-0 — At San Antonio, ENMU played the Rattlers tough in the opener. St. Mary’s (20-22, 15-15) broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh a two-out RBI infield single from Jayme Johns and a run-scoring double by Ericka Gomez.

Freshman Brook Leger no-hit the Rattlers into the fifth inning. She allowed six hits in throwing a 138-pitch complete game, with four walks and six strikeouts.

Freshman Kianna Galindo went 2-for-3 for ENMU, including a double.

St. Mary’s broke through for an unearned run without benefit of a hit in the second inning. ENMU tied the game in the fifth with a run-scoring double by freshman Jokaira Parades.

Alex McLennan (10-7), who threw four shutout innings for the win in the nightcap, also earned the first-game victory with 2 2/3 innings in relieve of starter Julia Cruz.

St. Mary’s wasted no time in the nightcap, opening a 10-0 lead in the third inning and ending it in five on the eight-run rule. A five-run Rattlers second included a two-run triple by left fielder Victoria Aldridge and a three-run homer from center fielder Abigale Carney, her ninth of the season.

Carney drove in four runs, including one on a double in the first. Aldridge finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs score.

McLennan allowed just two hits, singles by freshmen Bella Mendoza in the third and Azalea Martinez in the fourth. Rattlers center fielder Bari Christian was 5-for-5 for the day, with two singles and a walk in the opener and three singles and three runs scored in Game 2.

St. Edward’s 8-5, ENMU 4-3 — At Austin, Texas, the Hilltoppers (16-18, 12-16) tallied a pair of two-out runs in the top of the seventh to complete the sweep.

Third baseman Kaylee McQuillan drove in the go-ahead run with a single up the middle before an error allowed an insurance run to score.

Martinez (0-2), making just her second start in the circle, went the distance for the Hounds, allowing just five hits with three walks and no strikeouts.

ENMU erased a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the fifth, helped by two St. Ed’s errors, to chase starter Cadie Belle Currie. The first run scored on an error before Martinez drew a bases-loaded walk and Galindo followed with an RBI single.

Freshman Lauren Jaresh (4-2) picked up her second win of the day in relief, retiring seven of the eight hitters she faced. She walked Parades with two out in the seventh, but got Martinez on a fly ball to left to end it.

The Hilltoppers scored four two-out unearned runs off Leger (3-10) in a five-run second, helped by two ENMU errors, then tacked on three two-out runs in the seventh to nail down the opener.

The key hit in the second inning was a two-run single by second baseman Alexis Massie. In the seventh, center fielder Kathryn Connelly hit an RBI single, catcher Valerie Bryan drove home a run with a double and the final tally came on a throwing error by Leger.

Meantime, the Hounds pulled to within a run and chased St. Ed’s starter McKenna Leamon in a four-run third, which included an RBI single by Martinez and a three-run double by Galindo.

Jaresh worked 4 1/3 innings of shutout relief, allowing four hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

Meantime, Leger threw a complete game, giving up three earned runs, walking five and striking out four. ENMU outhit St. Ed’s 8-6, with Martinez and Galindo each collecting a pair of knocks.


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