Cameron quells Hounds’ late offensive power

Freedom Newspapers

The Eastern New Mexico baseball team dropped below the .500 mark after Cameron beat the Hounds 8-4 and 12-11 in a Lone Star Conference crossover doubleheader Friday at McCord Field.

Cameron’s Bevon Anderson pitched six scoreless innings in the opener, scattering four hits, four walks and one strikeout. Meanwhile, Eastern’s Seth Clabaugh pitched a complete game, giving up seven earned and walking six.

In the first game, Eastern (10-12) fell behind 8-0 after four innings, but rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh when senior Troy Vaughn knocked a grand slam for a score of 8-4 in favor of Cameron.

Vaughn went 3-for-7 combined at the plate for both games, with seven RBI and two runs scored.

The Hounds’ hot bats carried over into the second game, as they jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the second when junior Taylor Hayes was credited with an RBI after he was hit-by-a-pitch with the bases loaded.

Cameron (9-10) responded with nine runs in the second and third innings for a 9-4 lead, and scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings for an 11-8 lead.

Eastern tied the game at 11-11 by scoring three runs in the top of the sixth, which included a two-run single by sophomore Tyler Rutherford.

Sophomore Evan Orsak took the second loss for Eastern, pitching 3 1/3 with three earned runs after replacing starter Jerr Roemer. Roemer threw into the third, giving up nine earned runs.