Acosta quits Greyhounds to win series
LUBBOCK, TX (April 10, 2022) – In a crazy, home-and-away game on Sunday, Lubbock Christian University needed a home run from left fielder Edward Acosta to beat Eastern New Mexico 13-12 and secure the series victory 3-1.
Points were plentiful at Hays Field, as the Chaps (27-11, 25-11) erased three-point deficits twice and the Greyhounds (14-21, 14-20) lost up to five at a time. indicate.
ENMU came out with a bang and took the first moto lead for the third time in the series. The wheels weren’t off right away, but the starter Chap Ty Stephenson gave up an RBI single to Cooper Hamilton and a two-run homer to Nick Schifftner before settling to exit the inning.
Luckily, Chaparral’s offense was there to get it back, and it only took three batters to tie the game late in the first. Acosta started with a single and George Mendazona followed by a double. It brought Luis Navarre to the plate, and on the third pitch he saw, he smashed a home run off the wall in center field.
LCU has not yet been finished in the round, because Mason Donohoe single and stolen second, scoring on a par single Carson Ogilvie to give the Chaps the lead.
Zeros were put up by both pitchers in the second, but Eastern New Mexico tied the game in the third on a hit-per-pitch, stolen base, single and sacrifice fly . In the fourth, three singles put them back in the lead, and they might have scored more, but Hamilton was sent off trying to stretch a single into a double.
ENMU starter Dalton Thatcher held the Chaps out of the draw for five straight innings after the first, putting his team back in the lead. They extended it in the sixth, when Peyton Hutson walked the first two batters, gave up a run, then walked two more before being replaced by Colton Brown. Another run came before Brown came out of the inning, leaving the Chaps by three once more.
Carson Ogilvie shook things up for the Chaps in the bottom of the sixth with a warning-running triple in left field. He scored when the next batter, Brevin McCool, home run over the left field wall. It was the first college circuit for the true freshman.
After a takedown was recorded, the top of the Chap command returned, with Acosta and Mendazona reaching base to set up another Navarro outburst. This time he went to the opposite court, pushing the ball over the wall to the center right. Larry Leita followed by another home run, sneaking inside the foul post on the left field line. Donohoe reached again and ended up scoring on an error before the end of the inning, and the Chaps led by four.
LCU kept the Greyhounds scoreless and added a run down the frame for a five-point lead, but a comfortable win was not to be. Two batters walked to start again in the eighth, and ENMU ended up scoring four runs in the game before Canon Davis got a double play ball to end the threat with the Chaps still in the lead.
The Chaps loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth but couldn’t score, hanging on to two of their one-run lead heading into the final quarter. A first step came back to bite LCU again, as Dax Edmonds doubled Camden Matthews at home to tie the game. Davis was able to escape without further damage, leaving the Chaps tied.
Acosta was the first man in the bottom of the inning, taking two balls before committing a foul on four consecutive pitches. He finally got one he liked from reliever Javier Luna and smashed the ball over the left field wall for the win.
IN THE NUMBERS
62 | Along with five more on Sunday, Lubbock Christian has now hit 62 home runs this season. He leads the conference by a margin of 20 and is just 10 shy of his 2021 season total, when he hit 72 in 46 games.
.417 | LCU was 5 for 12 at bat with runners in scoring position averaging .417 in those situations
13 | Lubbock Christian scored 13 points, hitting the double-digit mark for 14and weather this season
3/4 | Acosta’s home run was his first home run since March 4, when he hit a game-opening home run against Angelo State.
The Chas will be on the road next weekend, taking on Cameron in a four-game series in Lawton, Oklahoma. The series will play from Thursday to Saturday due to Easter.