Cameron baseball splits series with ENMU
After waiting on the weather for two days and spending the first half of Monday prepping McCord Field, the Aggies split a doubleheader with Eastern New Mexico on Monday.
With the split, the Aggies and Greyhounds finished their four-game series at two wins apiece.
Cameron (20-13, 2-6 Lone Star Conference) won the first game, a continution from Saturday's game, 3-0 behind a steady performance from pitcher Blake Welch. In the second game, the Greyhounds (24-10, 3-5 LSC) capitalized on four Aggie errors to take a 10-5 victory.
The first game was shortened to seven innings and started in the second inning, where Saturday's game had left off, after Cody Knight's double scored Micah Kaaukai in the first inning. Kaaukai scored again in the third inning on Monday when Cody Bower sent a double down the left field line. Tom McGarry's infield single in the fourth scored Cole Williams for the third run. The Aggies only mustered five hits in the game, but it was enough to get them their second conference win of the year.
"We really didn't do much good in the first game," Cameron coach Brady Huston said. "But they didn't either."
Welch struck out six batters and gave up only two hits and walked only one batter through the seven innings.
In the second game, the Aggies once again jumped out to an early lead, leading 2-0, before CU's pitching and defense started to lose steam. Garlind Webster's single in the fourth inning scored two runs. In the fifth inning, with the score tied, Tyler Abrego came in to pitch for Oswaldo Godina. Abrego walked three consecutive batters and was swiftly replaced by John Millan. In the bottom half of the fifth, CU was able to retake the lead behind a Victor DeJesus RBI triple and a subsequent Cody Bower sacrifice fly. Six innings through the game and holding a two-run advantage, CU seemed to be in control, but Eastern proceeded to go on a scoring spree in the seventh and eighth innings.
Two errors and a wild pitch helped the Greyhounds take the lead. Webster then smashed a two-run home run over the left-centerfield fence to extend the lead to 7-4. The carnage continued in the eighth with three more runs. The Aggies were able to garner a run in the bottom of the eighth, but never got momentum going the rest of the game.
"We have a commanding lead right there, and we just can't play catch," Huston said. "We're missing a lot of guys too, but at the same time, we just got to make normal plays."
An Aggie who did have a good game on Monday was Tom McGarry, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI. The senior from Adelaide, Australia had to provide an offensive boost when designated hitter Bower had to abruptly leave the game for a medical appointment.