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SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State got six strong innings from starter Brett Nightingale and took advantage of three Eastern New Mexico University errors to score four unearned runs in a 10-1 rout of the Greyhounds in the second game of a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader on Friday.
Angelo (25-8, 19-4 LSC) posted a 7-4 win in the opener, and will look for a sweep of the four-game set in today’s noon (MDT) series finale.
The Greyhounds (15-13, 9-10) had three double plays in the opener, but also committed three errors costing them three unearned runs.
First baseman Clay Calfee staked the Rams to a 2-0 lead in the opener with a two-run homer in the first, his seventh of the season and second of the eries. Angelo added single runs in each of the next five innings.
ENMU picked up run-scoring singles from Tyler Hayes in the third and Clayton Young in the fifth. But the Hounds missed a golden opportunity in the fifth as Angelo’s Sean Winscher (6-1) escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam to preserve a 5-2 lead.
The Rams turned four double plays, including one each in the fifth through seventh to keep control. ENMU collected eight hits over that time, but scored only in the seventh on consecutive RBI doubles by Hayes and Derrick Kennedy.
Winsher survived 10 hits over six innings. Joe Key pitched the eighth and ninth to notch his sixth save of the season.
In the nightcap, ENMU pulled to 2-1 in the third on a single by Jonathon Marbury, a walk to Clayton Young and an RBI single between third and short by Hayes. Further damage was averted when Calfee snared Derrick Kennedy’s line drive and turned it into an unassisted double play.
Nightingale threw 107 pitches in six innings, but limited the Hounds to six hits. Jeremy Tietze worked a perfect seventh for the Rams.
Calfee went 3-for-4 with an RBI single while right fielder Jimmy Cox had a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly for Angelo State. Catcher Freddy Carmona went 2-for-3 for ENMU.