Senior center fielder Brooke Brooks hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning on Friday and Eastern New Mexico University’s baseball team opened a four-game series with Metro State by beating the Denver-based Roadrunners 6-3 at Greyhound Field.
ENMU junior right-hander Ben Monticello (2-0) pitched eight sharp innings, throwing 102 pitches and allowing seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He shut out the Roadrunners (3-3) after giving up a pair of first-inning runs as ENMU extended its winning streak to five games.
Junior right-hander Kyle Kesmarki worked the ninth, allowing an unearned run before getting designated hitter Darryl Baca on a groundout to first to end it with two runners on base.
With the game tied 2-2, junior shortstop Rafael Romo singled to center with one out in the ENMU sixth before third baseman Andres Enriquez reached when left fielder Alex Schrupp dropped his fly ball for a two-base error. Brooks drove in both runners with an opposite-field single to left.
Eight players hit safely and five had two hits each for the Greyhounds (9-1), including Brooks. Second baseman Colton Sims went 2-for-3 with two walks, while left fielder Luis Quinones, designated hitter Peter Creamer and left fielder Derek Crenshaw were all 2-for-4.
Alex Schrupp had an RBI double and a triple for the Roadrunners. Center fielder Mitch Gibbons drove in Metro’s first run with a single to center, and later scored on Schrupp’s double.
Right-hander Patrick Gojan (1-1) pitched into the seventh for Metro State, allowing six runs — four earned — on 10 hits.
The teams play a pair of seven-inning games starting at noon today, and finish the series with a nine-inning single game at noon on Sunday.