PORTALES, NM – Eastern New Mexico scored three in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a third straight game from Tarleton to close out the series. The Texans fell 9-8 to the Greyhounds Sunday.
Tarleton's resiliency was in full effect after falling behind 6-1 after the first four innings of the game. Heading into the fifth inning, Tarleton's only run came on an RBI single to center by Jon Tauzin as Eastern tacked on two in the first, three in the third, and one in the fifth.
Jose Reyes got the Texan offense rolling by leading off the fifth with a leadoff walk, which came around to score two batters later when Austin Call launched a jack to left center to cut the ENMU lead in half at 6-3. Not trying to be left out of the home run-hitting action, Dylan Lemons followed up with a jimmy jack of his own to left center to bring the Texans within two.
Tarleton tacked on one more each in the sixth and seventh, respectively, on a Call sacrifice fly and a wild pitch that allowed Blake Adams to score from third after his leadoff triple. The Adams run capped off the Tarleton comeback by tying the game at 6-6.
The Texans took an 8-6 lead in the top of the eighth with two runs on an error and a wild pitch, but Eastern New Mexico answered with a sacrifice fly and a two-run double down the left field line to go ahead 9-8, which would be the final score.
Led by a 4-for-4 game from Blake Adams, Tarleton pounded out 14 hits. Francisco Rodriguez boasted three hits while Ben Mauseth and Tauzin each had two hits. Call, Lemons, and Reyes had one hit each to round out the offense.
Matt Herrick got the start and went the first 2.2 innings before giving way to Eli McLane, who got the next four outs. Eddie Avila pitched a season high 3.2 innings before Hunter Houston got the last out of the eighth.
The Texans will return home this week for an Easter-altered series against UT Permian Basin, beginning Thursday at 3 p.m.