Strong fourth inning leads Highlands past Mesa State in baseball
A six-run fourth inning erased Mesa State College’s 3-0 lead Friday in an 8-3 loss at New Mexico Highlands in the opener of an RMAC baseball series.
Scott Bachman allowed six runs on four hits, including a two-run double, in the fourth. Bachman (1-1) lasted six innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits. He struck out five and walked three.
Derek Riley came on in the seventh and shut the Cowboys down, allowing no hits. He struck out one.
Mesa State (5-6, 2-2 RMAC) got an RBI single from Lucas Shaw in the third inning and Marty Rover singled to lead off the fourth, eventually scoring on an error. Austin Buck, who beat out a bunt single, scored on Joe Schmidtbauer’s base hit to left.
After the Cowboys (11-2, 4-0 RMAC) scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings, the Mavericks couldn’t generate any offense, going out in order in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
Rover went 2 for 4 and scored one run for Mesa State, which plays a doubleheader against the Cowboys today and wrap up the series with a nonconference game Sunday.
Metro State and New Mexico Highlands advanced to today’s RMAC Shootout championship game.
The Roadrunners downed CSU-Pueblo 70-61, with four players scoring in double figures. Donte Nicholas led Metro with 19 points.
CSU-Pueblo, which shot 53 percent from the 3-point line Tuesday night to upset top-seeded Mesa State, shot only 16 percent from long range against the Roadrunners, making only 1 of 11 in the second half.
Highlands crushed Colorado Christian 96-64 behind Chop Tang, who scored 23 points, and Roman Andrade, who scored 20. Highlands led 50-32 at halftime and was never challenged by the Cougars, who got 26 points from Justin Neuhaus.
In the Northern Sun Conference tournament, top-seeded Minnesota State-Mankato was upset 80-78 by Southwest Minnesota State and second-seeded Augustana was upended 75-52 by Wayne State in the first round Wednesday night, throwing the Central Region into a tailspin. The top three teams, Mankato, Mesa State and Augustana, all lost in the first round of their respective tournaments.
Katrina Selsor, a freshman from Glenwood Springs, converted a three-point play to give CSU-Pueblo a lead with two minutes left, then blocked a shot with 19 seconds remaining to help the ThunderWolves upset Colorado Christian 66-63 and reach the title game tonight against Fort Lewis.
Selsor scored 19 points and had 15 rebounds for the ThunderWolves, who won despite losing their starting point guard, Rachel Espinoza, to a knee injury Tuesday night against Adams State.
Fort Lewis ranked No. 4 in the nation and No. 1 in the Central Region, went on a 19-4 run in the first half against Metro to break an 11-11 tie and lead 30-14 at halftime.
Lauren Haugen and Katie Mackey led Fort Lewis with 14 points each.