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The Eastern New Mexico softball team made its home debut with a bang, setting the program record for most hits in a game and tying the ENMU record for most runs as the Hounds defeated New Mexico Highlands 28-6 in five innings on a windy afternoon on Feb. 12 at Greyhound Field.
The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was called off due to dangerous wind conditions.
In the bottom of the frame, the Hounds started off hot with the first five batters reaching base. Parker Smith and Iliana Mendoza each singled and stole a base, setting up runners at second and third for Jennifer McElroy's RBI single up the middle to put the Hounds on the board first.
Emma Gary followed suit with an RBI single up the middle as well to make it 2-0 before Elysa Rodriguez crushed a three-run homer down the left field line to make it a 5-0 Hounds advantage without a single out. Later in the inning, Lauren Likes knocked a two-run homer to right to stretch the Eastern edge to seven.
The Hounds finished the game with 28 runs off of 29 hits and seven errors, while the Cowgirls notched seven runs off seven hits and committed one error. The 29 hits shattered the previous school-record of 23 set in Eastern's 28-0 win over the College of the Southwest on Feb. 6, 2008, while also tying the runs record set in the same game.
The Greyhounds will look to carry the momentum into the weekend as Eastern will be tested in their Lone Star Conference opener against the number six team in the country in Angelo State. The Hounds will open the three-game series at 4 p.m. Friday before challenging the Rambelles in a doubleheader at noon Saturday.
Senior Chukuka Emili had a career day on Saturday afternoon with 25 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks as the Eastern New Mexico University men's basketball team dominated Western New Mexico by a final score of 98-80. Emili got the scoring started with a lay-up 33 seconds into the game and the Hounds (10-11, 7-6 LSC) never looked back, leading the rest of the 39:27 of the game and recorded their second-highest team shooting percentage of the season at 55.6 percent (35-of-63).
The Hounds led by nine at 48-39 after an offensively-driven first half for both team, while Emili nearly reached double-double figures in the first half alone, totaling 12 points and eight rebounds. The Hounds continued to roll in the final half with 50 points as a team, including 13 from Emili, and also tightened up their defensive effort, allowing Western to make just 15-of-40 shots from the field. Eastern on the other hand shot the ball at an elite pace in the second half, converting 16-of-25 attempts from the field including 5-of-7 from behind the three point line. That offensive prowess allowed Eastern to maintain a double-digit advantage from the 18:03 mark of the half all the way down to the end. With the Hound's win on Saturday afternoon and a loss at Angelo State by Texas A&M-Kingsville, ENMU has now moved into fifth place in the LSC standings. The Greyhounds are now one game behind Tarleton State in the standings and will have a chance to continue to gain ground next weekend with games at home against Texas A&M-Kingsville and Angelo State. Those games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Eastern New Mexico University women's basketball team held its place at the number six spot in the latest D2SIDA South Central Regional Poll after picking up a pair of home wins over UT-Permian Basin and Western New Mexico last week.
The weekly poll, sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) is voted upon by six sports information directors from the South Central region, three of which are from the Lone Star Conference (LSC)/Heartland (HC) Conferences and three from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).
In last week's contests, the Hounds overcame a pair of slow starts to defeat UT-Permian Basin 76-57 on Thursday and Western New Mexico 59-44 on Saturday. Against the Falcons, the Hounds overcame a 9-2 first quarter deficit by holding UTPB without a field goal for an 11:55 stretch to take a 31-19 lead into the halftime break. The Greyhounds followed it up with one of their best offensive halves of the season, shooting a blistering 61 percent from the field, 50 percent from the three-point arc, and 80 percent from the free throw line to pull away with the victory.
In this week's poll, the Hounds picked up five more votes to finish with 28, putting them six ahead of LSC rival Tarleton State (in seventh), while Texas A&M-Commerce (LSC) jumped to eighth with 19 votes after each team defeated Cameron and MSU Texas last week.
The Greyhounds will host their final two home games of the season this week, first hosting Texas A&M-Kingsville at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. The Hounds will follow it up by taking on Angelo State at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Track & field
The Eastern New Mexico University track and field team saw a record-breaking performance in the women's 4x400-meter relay, and several other top marks in the ENMU record book were set at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico on Friday and Saturday.
In the final event of the meet, the ENMU women's 4x400-meter relay team, consisting of Kandice Miles, Danee Bustos, Kiana Covington, and Maijah Mathis, shattered the record after finishing with a combined time of 3:56.15. The team beat the previous record of 3:59.21 set by Bustos, Covington, Miles and Mason Swanson set at last year's Lone Star Conference Indoor Championships by more than three seconds.
The men's 4x400-meter team of Travonne Armstead, Ezra Bagwell, Brandon Chavez, and Andrew Villegas produced the third-best relay mark in the history of the program after totaling a 3:19.59, just 2.49 seconds off of the record mark set by Armstead, Chavez, Moinat, and Villegas at the Texas Tech Open last week.
Junior middle distance runner Ivar Moinat turned in another strong performance for the Greyhounds in the 400-meter, turning in the fifth-best time of 48.97 while also placing fifth in the 800-meters with a time of 1:52.04.
Senior distance runner Mercy Rotich continues to make her mark in the record books in her first season as a track and field runner. In the mile, Rotich ran a 5:18.65 to place 15th out of 35 competitors, setting the fifth-fastest mile mark in program history a week removed from setting the program's third-best 3000-meter time at the Texas Tech Open.
In the long jump, senior sprinter Zhane' Gurule set the fifth-best long jump in the history of the program after recording a 4.82-meter (15' 9 ¾") mark.
The completion of the meet wraps up the Greyhounds indoor regular season as the Hounds will now turn their attention toward the Lone Star Conference Indoor Championships that will be held at Texas Tech University from Feb. 16-17.