Wayland Baptist blasts ENMU

PNT staff

Wayland Baptist’s Jonathan Reynoso homered on the second pitch of the game and went on to hit for the cycle, and the Pioneers never looked back Tuesday night in a 17-4 rout of Eastern New Mexico University at Greyhound Field.

Wayland Baptist (24-20), which lost at home to ENMU 15-14 early in the season, clubbed out 24 hits in the rematch — including nine doubles, a triple and four home runs.

Reynoso finished 5-for-7, scoring four runs and driving in three. After his homer off Kelly Crain (5-5), he doubled in the second, singled in the fourth, hit a two-run double in the fifth and tripled leading off the seventh.

The top six batters in the Pioneers’ lineup went a combined 23-for-37 and accounted for all but one of the extra base hits.

Starter Gary Gates (2-1), the first of five Wayland pitchers, went two innings and was credited with the victory. He gave up a two-run single to Micah Bernhardt in the second.

ENMU’s only other runs came in the seventh, one scoring on an error and the other on a double by designated hitter Kelton Hayes.

The Hounds (21-23) managed only seven hits, and Hayes’ double was the lone extra-base knock. First baseman Jeff Roemer went 3-for-3.

ENMU finished a 10-game homestand with three wins and has now lost 19 of its last 24 since a 16-4 start.

The Hounds wrap up regular season play with four-game Lone Star Conference South Division series this weekend at Tarleton State, next weekend at home against Abilene Christian and April 28-29 at Texas A&M-Kingsville.