The only thing worse than Eastern New Mexico’s fielding was its pitching.
New Mexico Highlands and West Texas A&M combined for 46 runs and 39 hits on Monday in a three-team doubleheader at Greyhound Field. In addition, 13 Eastern pitchers combined to issue 22 walks.
Pale in comparison was Eastern’s four errors in each game.
Highlands scored the game’s first 14 runs en route to a 18-9 over the Hounds in the first game while West Texas rode a 14-run fifth inning in a 28-15 win in the nightcap.
The Hounds (1-6) did some hitting of their own, finishing with 28 hits in the doubleheader.
Mark Wallace was 7-for-10 for the Hounds while Tyler Hayes went 5-for-7— all doubles. Justin Gee of Clovis and Boyd Erickson homered in the second game for Eastern.
Jimmy Wells held West Texas (2-3) scoreless for the first four innings of the nightcap, but retired only one of the nine batters he faced in the fifth when he suddenly couldn’t find the plate.
Gilbert Curiel added three hits and four RBI for WT, which scored eight more times in the sixth to take a 22-6 lead.
Brian Fryer led Highlands (1-2) with three hits while Cam Slick added two hits, including a three-run home run in the fifth inning.
Justin Munoz (1-0) started and pitched five scoreless innings for the Cowboys (1-2).