ENMU takes opener of four-game series against Patriots 11-6
Last updated 3/12/2022 at 11:30am
TYLER, Texas — Freshman right-hander Noah De La Riva survived a bit of a rough beginning to give Eastern New Mexico University eight innings on Friday, and the Greyhounds used two big rallies to knock off Texas-Tyler 11-6 in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference weekend baseball series.
ENMU (6-11, 5-10 LSC), winning for the fourth time in five games, put together four consecutive run-scoring hits, capped by a two-run doubled from designated hitter Kian Johnston, to take a 5-0 lead in the top of the first.
But the Patriots (10-11, 10-11) responded over their first three at-bats, scoring three times in the bottom of the third to take a 6-5 lead.
It might have been worse, but the Hounds minimized the damage with double plays to end the second, third and fourth innings. The three twin killings were the second-most in a game in the program’s history.
Tyler collected 17 hits in the contest, but stranded 15 baserunners.
ENMU moved back in front with a four-run seventh, capped by freshman left fielder Spencer Roach’s third home run of the season, a two-run shot off freshman right-hander Easton Malin (0-1). As the result of an error, all the runs were unearned off Malin, who had worked four shutout innings coming into the frame in relief of starter Dylan Bloomquist.
Roach led ENMU’s 11-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs. Johnston finished 2-for-4 while third baseman Sammy Williamson was 2-for-5.
De La Riva (1-1) shut Tyler out over his final five innings, pitching into and out of trouble several times. For the game, he threw 113 pitches, allowing 16 hits and five earned runs with two walks and three strikeouts.
Sophomore right-hander Dalton Thatcher of Texico worked the bottom of the ninth, putting two men on but retiring third baseman Kyle McShaffry on a line drive to left to end it.
Nine players hit safely for the Patriots, including five with multi-hit outings led by designated hitter Ethan Bedgood with 4-for-5 and center fielder Riley Lambert with 3-for-6.
The teams were slated to play a pair of seven-inning contests on Saturday, then finish the series with a nine-inning tilt set for noon (MST) today.
Softball games delayed — Due to Thursday night’s inclement weather, the ENMU softball team saw Lone Star Conference doubleheaders against Angelo State and Lubbock Christian each pushed back a day.
Thus, the Greyhounds were slated to play Angelo on Saturday afternoon and will visit Lubbock Christian on Monday