Mavericks can’t keep Highlands’ bats quiet
It didn’t seem to matter who pitched for the Colorado Mesa University baseball team.
New Mexico Highlands wasn’t going to be denied.
The Cowboys snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating Mesa 11-10 on Friday at Brandt Field in Las Vegas, N.M.
“We saw what I was anticipating,” CMU coach Chris Hanks said. “Their backs are against the wall and they came out fighting.”
No. 23 Mesa (19-8, 13-4 RMAC) appeared prepared for a slugfest, scoring four runs in the top of the second inning. Colton Little hit a two-run home run.
Highlands (19-7, 12-5 RMAC) responded with three runs in the bottom half, including two on a Kyle Davis home run. The Cowboys tied it in the third.
The Mavericks regained the lead in the fifth on first baseman Dustin Fackrell’s two-run single.
Highlands came back with three in the sixth for a 7-6 lead to chase Mesa starter Nolan Snell. The junior right-hander allowed seven runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out three.
“Nolan was catching too much of the plate,” Hanks said. “I told Coach (Jeff) Rodgers this was reminiscent of how they attacked Sergio Romo (in 2005) in his only loss. It was on a Friday here.
“This place has always been a hitters haven.”
Mesa countered with two in the seventh for a 8-7 lead on Jeff Popick’s two-run home run, but Highlands answered again in the bottom of half.
With the bases loaded, Fackrell fielded a ground ball and attempted to throw out the lead runner at home plate, but catcher Colton Schoelkopf mishandled the ball trying to get a double play, allowing the tying run to score. Highlands took a 9-8 lead on a groundout.
Mesa responded with two runs in the top of the eighth to regain the lead at 10-9, but the Cowboys came back with two runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Mesa relief pitcher Jeremy Ortiz (0-1) gave up the go-ahead run in the eighth before he was pulled for Cody Lahman.
Highlands relief pitcher Oscar Almeida (3-0) limited the Mavs to one run on one hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Dominican University scored six goals in the fourth quarter to rally for a 13-9 victory over Colorado Mesa in a Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association game in Kentfield, Calif.
The Penguins (5-4, 4-1 WILA) moved into a first-place tie with Mesa.
Mesa (5-3, 3-1 WILA) committed 10 penalties for a season-high 8 minutes, 30 seconds in penalty box time.
Eight players scored for Mesa. Kade Robinson had two goals.
Track & Field
Colorado Mesa had several top 10 places in the Utah Valley Invitational in Orem, Utah.
Mesa sophomore Theresa Gabriel took third in the triple jump (34 feet, 11 inches).
Whitney Rowe placed seventh in the 100-meter dash in 12.43 seconds.
Mesa sophomore Shane Niksic was second in the 800 (1:55.45) and John Carleton was fifth (1:56.28).
Justin Wallace took seventh in the long jump (20-1.75) and fifth in the triple jump (43-9.25).