LAS VEGAS, N.M. — Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team might have to get some new bats one of these days. So far, the Greyhounds seem to be burning them up at the plate.
ENMU raked six New Mexico Highlands pitchers for 21 hits in a 13-5 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday, taking three of the four games in the series. The Hounds are now 7-1 and would be unbeaten had they not let a 15-0 lead slip away in a 22-16 loss to NMHU on Friday.
On Monday, the Hounds were ranked in a tie for eighth with rival West Texas A&M in the NCAA Division II South Central Region poll.
Right fielder Derek Crenshaw and catcher Jacob Rogers were both 4-for-5 with three RBIs, with Rogers hitting his first homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the eighth. Second baseman Colton Sims and designated hitter Peter Creamer were both 3-for-5.
ENMU is hitting .440 as a team through eight games, with 90 runs scored and five games of nine or more runs. Sims (.654, 17-for-26), Derek Crenshaw (.640, 16-for-25) and Creamer (.613, 19-for-31) are all batting above .600.
In Sunday’s contest, the Hounds scored single runs in each of the first four innings, then stretched their lead to 7-0 on RBI singles by Crenshaw, Rogers and Rafael Romo in the top of the fifth.
Highlands (1-3) chased ENMU left-hander Aaron Anderson, making his season debut, with three in the bottom of the fifth. Jas Shergill relieved Anderson and got the win with 4 2/3 innings of four-hit work.
After giving up 11 earned runs on 13 hits in five innings on Friday, ENMU’s bullpen compiled a 1.80 earned run average over the final three games, allowing two runs on seven hits over 10 innings.
The Hounds padded their lead in the sixth on RBI doubles by Sims and Daniel Binz and Creamer’s run-scoring infield hit. They added three more in the eighth on Rogers’ homer and a run-scoring balk.
The Cowboys scored three of their runs on wild pitches and another on a balk. It was ENMU’s first series win of three or more games over Highlands since 2000.
The Hounds host Lubbock Christian (9-2) in a 2 p.m. start today at Greyhound Field.