Some baseball teams would be happy scoring 18 runs in a four-game series.
New Mexico Highlands got that kind of production in five innings Friday afternoon before the snow arrived, disrupting the Cowboys’ home game with Colorado State-Pueblo.
Continued inclement weather and its effect on the playing fields wound up cancelling the remainder of the scheduled nine-inning game — and a three-day, four-game series between the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference rivals.
The Cowboys improved to 17-5 overall and 8-2 in the RMAC; CSUP’s ThunderWolves fell to 12-10, 7-3.
On Wednesday, NMHU is scheduled to continue a series with non-conference foe Eastern New Mexico. Then the ‘Pokes resume RMAC play with a road series this weekend at Nebraska-Kearney.
This past Friday, coach Steve Jones got some of the best of both worlds from his team — stingy pitching and prolific hitting.
Drew Vassil, the RMAC’s Preseason Pitcher of the Year, shackled the Wolves’ offense, holding them to four hits, one walk and a single earned run in five innings of work. Vassil struck out five batters. The lone blemish came in the top of the fourth, when Zach Hoffman hit a solo home run for CSUP’s only score.
Highlands had no such difficulties, jumping to a 6-0 lead through one inning and blowing the game open with 11 in the fourth. NMHU collected 15 hits, including three apiece by Christian Garcia and Danny Brown.
Jason Carr drove in a game-high four runs, including a solo homer — his fifth of the season — to lead off the Cowboys’ half of the third. Garcia drilled a three-run bomb in the team’s fourth-inning spurt.