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.
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.