Fresh off a series win over league rival Metropolitan State College of Denver — and a No. 11 national ranking by one notable baseball publication — the New Mexico Highlands University baseball team has solidified its hold on first place in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
NMHU will host Colorado State-Pueblo beginning with a nine-inning game 3 p.m. Friday at Brandt Park.
The Cowboys took two out of three games from the Metro State Roadrunners this past weekend. The Cowboys dropped the first game 12-8 but rebounded in the Saturday doubleheader as they swept the Roadrunners by scores of 8-4 and 4-1.
Coach Steve Jones’ Highlands team is now 16-5 on the season and 7-2 in RMAC play.
The Cowboys currently sit in first place in the RMAC as well as the NCAA Central Region which includes teams from the RMAC as well as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The Cowboys are also ranked nationally in many polls, most notably the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll (11th). NMHU is ranked in Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division II Poll (25th) and the Cowboys have made their first-ever appearance in the Ping Baseball NCAA Division II Top 30 Poll (25th).
Outstanding players for the Metro series were Danny Brown (1-0) and Trent Evins (3-0).
Brown was a triple threat for the Cowboys as he played well in the field, excelled in the batter’s box and dealt from the mound. Brown finished the weekend 7 of 13 for a batting average of .538. Brown had two home runs, three runs scored and five RBI on the weekend. Brown finished the series with no errors. On the mound, Brown recorded his first win of the season in his first ever collegiate start at pitcher. Brown allowed just three hits and no earned runs in his five and one-third innings pitched. Brown walked just one batter while recording five strikeouts in the Cowboys series clinching win over the Roadrunners of Metro State College.
Evins (3-0) had one appearance on the mound for the Cowboys in the Metro State series. Evins earned the win for the Cowboys as he allowed four hits and one earned run in seven innings pitched for the Cowboys. Evins recorded four strikeouts and walked two batters in his third win of the season.