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Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team got decent pitching on Saturday. It’s offense, though, continued to struggle and the defense came undone in the second game of a Lone Star Conference doubleheader against West Texas A&M at Greyhound Field.
Senior right-hander Anthony Smith pitched a complete-game eight-hitter with four strikeouts and no walks in the seven-inning opener, but WT erased a 1-0 deficit with RBI singles by Jess Cooper and Brad Elders — the latter a squeeze bunt — and held on for a 2-1 victory. West Texas A&M took the second game 7-5, completing a three-game series sweep.
ENMU (1-6, 0-3) got its only run in the third on an error. WT’s Irving Camacho (3-0) allowed just one hit over six innings, and Jonathan Paez worked a one-hit seventh to preserve the victory.
Shortstop Jordan Easom collected four of WT’s 13 hits in the second game, but five of the Buffs’ runs were unearned — the result of four ENMU errors.
Eason and Eric Dorton hit run-scoring singles as the Buffs (8-2, 5-1) broke a scoreless tie with three in the top of the fourth. The Hounds pulled to 5-4 in the eighth on catcher Brandt Guyer’s RBI single, but WT added a pair of runs in the ninth and held on as Mike De Long earned the save for starter Jonathan Paez (1-0).
Corey Cole went 5 2/3 innings for ENMU, allowing nine hits and five runs — only two earned. Designated hitter Mitch Wolfe led ENMU’s 10-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.