Freedom New Mexico
A four-run fifth — on only one hit — broke the game open and Eastern New Mexico University went on to a 7-4 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday night in the opener of a four-game Lone Star Conference baseball series at Greyhound Field.
Leading 3-2, the Greyhounds (13-8, 7-6 LSC) loaded the bases on a one-out walk to Johnathon Marbury, a fielder’s choice and a walk to Tyler Hayes.
Bobby Gonsoulin relieved Kingsville starter Mario Gonzalez (2-2) and issued run-scoring walks to Tyler Hayes and Derrick Kennedy. Mitch Wolfe’s fielder’s choice grounder drove in another run, and shortstop Sean Cruce followed with a run-scoring double to left.
Sophomore Seth Clabaugh (3-2) survived six walks and 128 pitches in going six innings for the win. He gave up a two-run single to designated hitter Owen Weaver in the fifth after issuing back-to-back walks to load the bases.
ENMU reliever Jonathon Wise gave up an RBI double to Thomas Miller in the seventh and a run-scoring single by Chase Myrick in the eighth. Senior right-hander Keith Balderaz worked the ninth for his fourth save of the season.
Kingsville (13-12, 9-8) outhit the Hounds 13-6, but stranded 13 runners and lost two runners trying to steal on the same play in the second inning.
Designated hitter Ethan Wagner hit a two-out, two-run double off Gonzalez in the second inning, with both runs unearned because of a Javs error. Kennedy’s two-out double scored Hayes in the third for a 3-0 margin.
Because of strong winds, Friday’s scheduled 3 p.m. start was pushed back to 7 p.m. The teams’ twin bill today has been moved back two hours to a 3 p.m. start, while Sunday’s series finale remains at 1 p.m.