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LUBBOCK, Texas (April 22, 2014) – The bottom of the order combined for six hits and six runs-batted-in, and No.8 Lubbock Christian University opened a seven-game homestand with a 9-2 victory over Eastern New Mexico Tuesday evening at Hays Field.
Brett Wilhelm, Josh Powe and Brett Kauten occupied the 7-9 spots in the batting order and each had a pair of hits and a pair runs-batted-in. Wigberto Nevarez hit a fly ball dropped by right fielder Matthew Burks in the second inning and the Chaps followed with five two-out base hits. Wilhelm, Powe, Kauten and Tanner Rainey each hit two-out singles and Jesse Pintado closed out the string of hits with a two-run double for a 5-0 lead. All the runs were unearned. A pair of errors in the top of the third inning allowed the Greyhounds to get on the board, but LCU responded in the bottom half of the inning with a three-run inning. Wilhelm, who extended his hit streak to 11 games in his first at-bat, started it off again with a RBI-single and Powe followed with a two-run double for an 8-1 advantage.
Cody Pope helped quiet the Chaps at-bats, as he pitched 4.2 innings in relief and held LCU to one run off three hits in that span. The lone run allowed came off a two-out double by Kauten for a 9-1 lead in the fifth inning. LCU had 10 hits as a team but did not receive a hit from their final 10 batters. The extra offensive production was unneeded, as LCU's committee of five pitchers combined to allow only one earned run.
ENMU (22-22) was held to four players with hits, with Burks, Mark Foley and Rafael Romo each having two hits. The Greyhounds were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Sheldon Mobley suffered the loss (0-1), only lasting 1.2 innings in his start. He allowed five runs, but they were all unearned.
Dalton Silva improved to 5-1. He went four innings and allowed one unearned run off three hits. Six of the Chaps nine runs were driven in during two-out situations. LCU only stranded four runners.
The Chaps, who have scored at least five runs in their last 16 consecutive games, have improved to 33-10 on the season. The win was their fifth consecutive win in non-conference play. They remain in non-conference action Friday, hosting former Sooner Athletic Conference foe Southern Nazarene University for a doubleheader to begin a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.