Hounds erase eight-run deficit, win opener

Freedom New Mexico

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University scored eight runs in the top of the seventh — four after two were out — then added four more in the eighth for a 14-10 victory over Angelo State Saturday in the first game of a Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader.

Trailing 10-2 after six innings in a seven-inning game, the Greyhounds (13-11, 11-8 LSC) forced extra innins by sending 14 batters to the plate against six ASU pitchers in the top of the seventh. Trailing 10-6, pinch-hitter Paden Vendrely struck out with the bases loaded for the second out of the inning.

Mitch Wolfe and Kevin Thompson then drew run-producing walks before freshman center fielder Luis Quinones tied the game with a two-run single to center.

In the eighth, Jereme Johnson led off with an opposite-field double down the left field line and scored on Ethan Wagner’s double off Bryce Bjorkland (0-1). Chris Eaton hit a run-scoring single and Quinones capped the rally with a two-out, two-run double to center field.

Wagner went 4-for-5 — his second four-hit game of the series — with a solo home run in the sixth. Quinones reached base all five times, going 3-for-3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch and driving in four runs.

Anthony Smith (2-1), the reigning LSC South pitcher of the week, earned the win with two shutout innings in relief.