Hounds slug way to Saturday sweep

CMI staff

The start to Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball season is looking a lot like the one from last year — only more impressive.

The 2013 Greyhounds opened 10-1 before hitting the skids en route to a 21-27 finish. This year’s version is off to a 6-1 start after blasting New Mexico Highlands 15-1 and 11-2 in a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday at Greyhound Field.

Tony Bullocks: Clovis Media Inc. ENMU catcher Steven Moore gets a fourth-inning steal of second during Saturday’s first game against New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Field as NMHU second baseman Jonathan Stavinoha comes in late with the tag. ENMU swept the Cowboys 15-1 and 11-2.

Tony Bullocks: Clovis Media Inc.
ENMU catcher Steven Moore gets a fourth-inning steal of second during Saturday’s first game against New Mexico Highlands at Greyhound Field as NMHU second baseman Jonathan Stavinoha comes in late with the tag. ENMU swept the Cowboys 15-1 and 11-2.

For the second weekend in a row, the Hounds will try to complete a four-game sweep in today’s 1 p.m. nine-inning finale. Last Sunday, they lost the series finale to Adams State 6-2.

That game, though, has accounted for nearly half of the 15 runs ENMU has allowed to date. On Saturday, they got stellar mound performances from junior right-hander Matthew Artalejo (1-0) in the opener and junior lefty Rusty Edwards (2-0) in the nightcap.

Not that either had to be on top of his game.

The Hounds pounded out 20 hits in the opener, including two-run homers by right fielder Blake Cooper and pinch-hitter Dylan Nault in an eight-run fifth that made it 15-0.

Second baseman Colton Sims, off to a slow start after hitting .388 last season, and catcher Steven Moore each went 3-for-3 while Cooper was 3-for-4 with four RBIs as 12 Hounds hit safely.

The only run against Artalejo in six innings was unearned. Right-hander Kyle Kesmarki finished up with a 1-2-3 seventh that included a pair of strikeouts.

In the second game, the Hounds jumped on left-hander Zach Settles (0-1) for three runs in the first, then made it 8-0 with a five-run third that included center fielder Matthew Burks’ two-run double.

Edwards allowed three hits and one run over five innings before junior Jackson Gaskins worked the final two frames.

Burks and left fielder Ryan Forkel were both 3-for-4, while Sims added two more hits and drove in three runs.

For the Cowboys (2-4), first baseman Matthew Chavez three hits in the twin bill to improve to 11-for-16 (.688) through six games for the Cowboys. He homered in the fourth inning off Edwards.

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