The Highlands Cowboys scored enough runs in nine innings on Sunday to win the entire series at Colorado School of Mines. But the 14-0 beatdown counted for only one victory in the four-game set held at Darden Field in Golden, Colo.
NMHU improved to 16-20 overall and 10-17 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, while Mines slipped to 11-24 and 9-17.
Highlands outslugged the Orediggers 21-2 and led 8-0 through three innings.
Edgar Vela struck out seven and gave up only one hit in six innings of work on the mound for the Cowboys. The lone blemish? Five walks, none of which translated to scores.
Antonio Huez Robles allowed one hit in two relief innings, and Jared Bowser did not allow a hit in the ninth.
Luis Saenz was one of 10 Cowboys to record at least one hit. Saenz doubled twice in going 4 for 4; he drove in three runs and scored once himself. Clay Mohr was 3 for 6 with five runs and two RBI. Erik Scott and Thomas King both were 3 for 6 and scored three runs apiece.
Eric Maupin’s sacrifice fly RBI, a score by Scott, started the scoring for Highlands. A.J. Alexander followed with an RBI single to deliver Mohr to the plate, and it was 2-0 after one inning.
Mohr’s shot to right field scored Scott and King to make it 4-0, and Saenz popped a double that got Mohr home. Through two frames, it was 5-0.
A sacrifice fly by Saenz plated King in the third inning. Then a wild pitch enabled Scott to score from third base. On the next at-bat, Maupin doubled to left center, scoring Mohr.
In the top of the fifth, Alexander drove in Saenz, and Israel Yeomans doubled to bring home Alexander.
The score reached 12-0 in the sixth after Saenz drove in King and Alexander got hit by a Peter Herrin pitch with the bases loaded.
Highlands added two more runs in the eighth. Maupin drove in Mohr, who’d reached via error. And Jordan Chavez tacked on a run to offset an Oredigger double play.
Coach Steve Jones takes his Cowboys back on the road this week with a four-game series at Regis in Denver. Games start Thursday to allow for an off day on Easter Sunday.