WT Buffs take series against ENMU Greyhounds


The WTAMU Buffs baseball team took on the Greyhounds of ENMU this past weekend, March 6 through 8. The Buffs took the series and improved their overall record to 12-8 and a record of 4-4 in LSC play. The games were shootouts, with a ton of offense in every inning. Every game had at least one team scoring at least seven runs. Though WT won the series, ENMU actually outscored the Buffs 27 runs to 26 runs, mostly due to the 9 to 2 blowout by the Greyhounds in the second game.


The Buffs looked to be in a slump coming into the series with the Greyhounds. They had dropped five of their last seven, and had lost two in a row. Head Coach Matt Vanderburg said that though his team wasn’t still playing their best, it was nice to win a series.


“We’re still not playing great right now. It’s really good to win a series when you’re not playing your best baseball,” Coach Vanderburg said. “Hopefully this will spark us and we’ll start playing a little bit better.”


Aaron Blair, a senior infielder, was also pleased with his team’s performance saying that things were finally starting to come together.


“Good weekend. We’re just trying to put it all together,” Blair said. “We’re very talented. Things are starting to come our way. It’s good to get three wins and let’s go sweep Angelo.”


The best pitching performance for the Buffs all weekend came from junior Brooks Trujillo. Through eight full innings of work, Trujillo had nine strikeouts, zero walks, and had only allowed two hits. His fatigue showed in the ninth though, when he walked a batter and allowed a single before letting the Greyhounds reel off a double that would give the Greyhounds a 2 to 2 tie.


“Brooks Trujillo threw outstanding. He was as dominant as I have seen him all year,” Coach Vanderburg said. “He got a little tired, but Lujan came in and kept us close so we could have a chance to win.”


Senior catcher Justin Hargrove also praised his pitcher, along with praising the play of the entire infield.


“Brooks was pitching great and just hitting the spots I gave to him,” Hargrove said. “Our infield also played phenomenal and got Brooks out of some tough situations.”


To cap off the weekend, Aaron Blair, with two outs in the ninth inning, the bases loaded, and down 4 to 2, hit a walk-off grand slam to end the game for the Buffs, completing the series with some fireworks.


“Honestly, the guy made a mistake, and I made him pay for it,” Blair said. “I was looking for a pitch to drive, and he gave it to me 0-2. I was trying to fight off a pitch, he just gave it to me right there, and I didn’t miss.”