CANYON, Texas — Hoping to make hay in the Lone Star Conference South Division against a struggling rival, Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team could only manage a four-game series split at West Texas A&M.
After winning 7-2 and losing 8-1 in Friday’s twin bill, the Greyhounds erupted for 19 hits in a 14-3 first-game rout on Saturday before losing the finale 3-2.
The split prevented the Hounds (21-22, 6-6 South) from getting above .500 overall for the first time since early in the season. Meantime, the Buffaloes (13-33, 2-10) snapped a nine-game division losing streak in Friday’s second game.
Everybody collected at least one hit for ENMU in Saturday’s nine-inning opener, with Bryan Moore and Ryan French hitting their first home runs of the season and Mark Wallace getting his third. Wallace and Derrick Kennedy each drove in four runs, while French, Kennedy and Brett Scherer all had three hits.
Trevor Davis (8-4) worked seven innings for the win and gave up 10 hits, including a couple of homers.
In the seven-inning nightcap, WT’s James Sweatman (4-6) pitched a five-hitter and the Buffs punched over the deciding run in the sixth on a one-out walk to Matt Rehkopf and two-out singles by Ryan Reneau and Tyler Glynn off Scherer (3-5).
Scherer pitched a solid game, going the distance on a six-hitter. Moore doubled with one out in the seventh and took third on a groundout, but Sweatman then got Scherer on strikes to end it.
ENMU 7-1, WT 2-8 (Friday) — Junior right-hander Kelly Crain (6-6) pitched a nine-inning complete game in the opener while Moore drove in three runs, going 3-for-3 with two walks.
Moore walked and scored in the first, singled home a run in the second, drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth and added an RBI single in the eighth.
Glynn’s grand slam capped a five-run third that put the Buffs ahead 8-0 in the nightcap, and right-hander Raymond Bergara (4-7) cruised to the win on a five-hitter.
Bergara, who walked two and struck out four, was backed by three double plays.
Women’s tennis — ENMU finished 2-3 in duals in the UCO Broncho Invitational, winning matches on Saturday against Rockhurst 5-4 and Missouri Southern 6-1.
The Zias (6-11 in duals) lost to St. Edward’s 5-1 on Thursday, then were beaten by Incarnate Word 5-0 and Drury 5-2 on Friday.
Coach Christine Blaeser said the Rockhurst match came down to No. 5 singles, where ENMU’s Ashley Toye defeated Sharice Davids 6-2, 6-4.
“She played really tough,” Blaeser said of Toye, a freshman. “She played to the girl’s weaknesses.”
Against Missouri Southern, the Zias pulled out 10-point tiebreakers with junior Elyse Jacques at No. 1 singles (11-9) and freshman Ivy Moquino at No. 3 singles (10-8) after they split sets with their opponents. ENMU swept all three doubles divisions against both opponents.
“It was a matter of being mentally tough, and we stayed with the points,” Blaeser said.
The Zias travel to Abilene, Texas, for the Lone Star Conference tournament from Thursday through Saturday.