LIBERAL, Kan. — Fort Hays State jumped on Eastern New Mexico University starter Jimmy Wells early and took advantage of four Greyhounds errors for a 9-3 victory Thursday afternoon.
The Hays, Kan.-based Tigers (21-5), ranked eighth this week in NCAA Division II, extended their winning streak to nine games in a contest played on a neutral field at Seward County Community College.
ENMU (11-18), completed a four-day spring break trip with a 3-2 record. The Hounds entertain St. Mary’s in a three-game weekend series at Greyhound Field, beginning with a 3 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.
Wells (0-4) was knocked out in the fifth inning. Jessie Garcia-Perez came in to throw an inning-ending double play grounder and then worked a scoreless sixth before Kelly Crain finished up for ENMU with two perfect innings.
Eastern collected six hits in the contest, but left the bases loaded twice. Tyler Hayes and Brett Scherer each had two hits for the Hounds.
ENMU sweeps Aggies
The Hounds used a six-run seventh to win the first game 11-8 and a triple play to make its job easier in a 13-1 rout in the nightcap against Oklahoma Panhandle State on Wednesday at Goodwell, Okla.
The Aggies (1-29), who won their first game of the season in their previous outing against St. Edward’s, were in position to make it two in a row with a 7-5 lead before the Hounds erupted in the final inning of the opener. Josh Sellers (1-1) was the winning pitcher.
In the second game, Scherer went 4-for-5 with a his first homer of the season, finishing the twin bill 7-for-9.
With runners at first and second in the fifth, shortstop Matt Hinojosa started the triple play by spearing a liner to his left, touching second base to get the second out and then throwing to first baseman Mark Wallace to catch the other runner off base.
Lefthander David Swinconos (1-0) earned the win, pitching five innings.
The sweep left the Hounds one victory short of their entire win total for the 2003 campaign, when they went 12-39.