Second baseman Garrett Cook went 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs, helping Eastern New Mexico University to a 7-3 win over East Central for a split of Friday’s Lone Star Conference doubleheader at Greyhound Field.
The Tigers claimed the opener 6-3.
Cook’s triple, his third of the season, came with one-out in the first inning to score Jeremy Johnson, who led off with a double.
Cook later scored on a groundout by first baseman Seth Clabaugh, and added RBIs on a sacrifice fly in the fifth and a single in the eighth inning.
The Greyhounds (21-22, 16-18 LSC) collected 13 hits off Tiger starter Chasen Bennett with four extra-base hits.
Ismael Solis scattered six hits over eight innings, allowing two runs with four strikeouts and two walks.
Jared Owen went 2-for-4 for East Central (12-30, 11-23).
In the first game, the Tigers wiped out a pair of Greyhound leads with two-run efforts in three consecutive innings.
The Tigers tied the score in the fourth on a sacrifice bunt by rightfielder Dusty Rowland and led 2-1 on a throwing error that allowed Tyler Gillum to score.
The Greyhounds retook the lead in the bottom of the inning as Johnson hit an RBI triple and scored on a Cook single, but Eastern was held scoreless on three hits the rest of the way.
The teams meet again today in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
Central 6, ENMU 3
ECU 000 222 0 — 6 8 2
ENMU 100 200 0 — 3 7 3
James Rhodes, Andy Pendleton (5) and Atlee Kile, Seth Clabaugh, Evan Orsak (5) and Freddy Carmona. W — Rhodes (3-2). L — Clabaugh (1-3). S — Pendleton (2). 2B — ECU, Andrew Minnich. 3B — ENMU, Jeremy Johnson.
ENMU 7, East Central 3
ECU 000 000 120 — 3 6 2
ENMU 200 021 11X — 7 15 1
Chasen Bennet, Wesley Hager (8) and Josh Nine, Ismael Solis, Jerry Manning (9) and Carmona. W — Solias (2-2). L — Bennett (3-5). 2B — ECU, Jared Owen. ENMU, Johnson, Clayton Young. 3B — ECU, Clint