Weekly sports round up March 2-5

 

Softball

 

3/2/2019 – The Eastern New Mexico University softball team won both games on Saturday by final scores of 4-3 and 7-0 to win their fifth and sixth straight games of the season.

 

That sixth straight win secures the Greyhounds their longest win streak since the 2007 season and moves them to 6-3 in Lone Star Conference play. The 7-0 win in game two of the doubleheader is the second shutout for the Greyhounds of the season as senior Hanna Gary gave up just four hits in seven innings of work to pick up the win in the circle.

 

The lone earned run off the day charged against the Hound's pitching staff came in the bottom half of the first inning as the Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 lead, the only lead they would hold throughout the remainder of the day. Senior Emma Gary chipped into that 2-0 advantage by knocking in freshman Iliana Mendoza with a double off the center field fence that scored Mendoza.

 

Back-to-back errors on the Eastern defense to lead off the top of the fifth allowed the Falcons to once again square up the game at 3-3 with a sacrifice fly that scored an unearned run. Herron worked out of the jam set up by the errors and conceded that lone run to avoid any further damage.

 

The Hound offense took a while to help get Herron the run she needed to ensure her fourth straight win in a row, getting retired 1-2-3 in both the fifth and sixth inning before Mendoza sent pinch-hitter Iliana Mendoza home in the bottom of the seventh to record the Hound's second-straight walk off win over the Falcons, 4-3.

 

Men’s basketball 

 

3/5/2019– The Eastern New Mexico University men's basketball team has recently announced the signing of Austin Kingman from Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Wash. for the 2019-20 season.

 

A native of Gig Harbor, Wash., Kingman averaged 15.0 points per game this season for Tacoma Community College and also recorded an average of 4.1 rebounds. A graduate of Peninsula High School, Kingman was raised in a basketball-rich family with his older brother Garrett heading to Division I Hartford next season after teaming up with Austin at Tacoma.

 

"We're extremely excited to have Austin as a part of our program," said head coach Tres Segler. "He is a powerful scorer and a very skilled player that will help strengthen our offensive attack. Austin's basketball IQ is high and his toughness as a defender will be called upon in our Lone Star Conference battles."

 

Kingman scored 10 or more points in all but four games this season, including a career-high 33 points against Walla Walla Community College back on Dec. 15. The 6'8 forward also shot 41.0 percent from three-point range, a skill that coach Segler and the Greyhounds could use as a different maker in their offensive scheme.

 

"Austin will help our ball-screen motion offense with his high-level three-point shooting ability and will create a lot of frustration for opposing defenses with his ability to score inside and outside," Segler said. "He has shown the ability at 6'8” to pick and pop as well as come off screens to hit three-point shots, and those abilities are huge advantages to our style of play. It will be really fun to watch him impact our program with his huge heart and abilities."

 

Women’s basketball

 

3/5/2019 – The Eastern New Mexico University women's basketball team concluded its 2018-19 regular season with an important 71-63 road win at Texas Woman's on Saturday.

 

After picking up the win, the Greyhounds wrapped up the regular season with a 19-9 overall record and finished in a three-way tie for third in the Lone Star Conference at 14-6, securing the No. 4 seed in the LSC Championship Tournament next week.

 

The Hounds jumped out to a fast start against the Pioneers (10-18, 7-13 LSC), scoring the first five points on a pair of jumpers from Treyanna Clay and Shelby Jones as well as a Clay free throw with 8:23 left in the opening quarter.

Texas Woman's fought back to take its first lead of the game by stringing together an 8-2 run over the next 4:01 to make it an 8-7 Pioneers advantage.

 

Eastern maintained its double-digit edge for the remainder of the game until the Pioneers sank a three-pointer just before the buzzer to end the game at 71-63.

Offensively, Eastern shot 25-of-56 (44.6 percent) from the field and a blistering 6-for-11 (54.5 percent) from the three-point arc while limiting the Pioneers to just 20-for-58 (34.5 percent) shooting and 5-of-15 (33.3 percent) from three.

 

The Hounds reached several big milestones during the 2018-19 regular season, which included finishing with the best home record in program history at 12-1. By also recording 14 conference wins, the Hounds finished with the second-most LSC win in ENMU history, finishing only behind the 2016-17 squad that went 16-4 and won the LSC Championship.

 

Baseball

 

3/5/2019 – The Eastern New Mexico University baseball team rallied back to win game one 6-5 on a walk-off before their second rally of the day fell short 13-12 to Cameron at Greyhound Field on Saturday.

 

In the first game of the day, Eastern (7-5) fought back from two down in the bottom of the seventh by scoring three runs, capped off on a Malcolm Boehmsacrifice fly to score Luidinson Hidalgo to pull out the 6-5 walk-off victory.

 

The second game of the doubleheader wasn't so kind for Eastern as they found themselves down 13-7 in the sixth inning but battled back with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it a one-run game. However, the Hounds couldn't push across the game-tying run as the Aggies (7-10) escaped with the 13-12 win.

 

In the Hounds half of the fourth, Miles Hilton got the ENMU bats going  with a single to left field to score Joel Paulino to put the deficit back to four.

The Greyhounds kept chipping away in the bottom of the sixth as Malcolm Smith slapped a double down the left field line that set up Malcolm Boehm for an RBI single to right to drive him to cut the deficit to 5-3.

 

The Aggies managed to get their leadoff man aboard on an ENMU error, but Liam Sabiston stopped the threat by recording a pair of strikeouts in-between a popout to get out of the inning.

 

The Hounds scored their six runs on eight hits and recorded two errors while the Aggies' five runs came on seven hits to go with three errors.

The second game of the doubleheader was a back-and-forth battle as the Greyhounds scratched across a run first in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double from Nicholas Ankerman to make it a 1-0 Hounds edge.

 

The sixth inning was a big one for Cameron as they rallied with seven runs to take its largest lead of the ballgame at 13-7.

 

The Greyhounds wouldn't go down without a fight as Eastern tallied five runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth off a Zubia two-RBI double, a Paulino RBI single, and a Blake Frye two-RBI triple to right center to close the gap to one.

Randall Lucero came in in the top of the seventh and kept the Hounds in the ballgame by retiring three straight, two of which on strikeouts, but Eastern struggled against the Aggies closer Chris Hansen, as he struck out the side to secure the win for the Aggies.

 

After scoring a season-high 11 runs on Friday night, the Hounds were one better in the second game of the doubleheader, tallying 12 runs on 13 hits with just one error, while the Aggies 13 runs came on 13 hits and recorded a pair of errors.

- Compiled by Jamar Claibourn

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