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Cowboys split on day one at Metro

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Down to the last weekend of the regular season, the New Mexico Highlands baseball team (27-21, 23-15 RMAC) split Saturday’s twinbill at Metro State, losing 12-8, then winning 8-5.

Cory Falvey’s three-run homer in the top of the third staked the Cowboys to a 3-0 lead in game one. And it was 4-2 midway through the fifth after a bases-loaded walk scored Tyler Hayes.

But the Roadrunners came up big in the bottom half, as Jacob Nelson’s three-run homer allowed the home team to grab a 5-4 edge.

Erik Cammall’s two-run double in the next frame made it 7-4 Metro.

Highlands reclaimed the lead in the eighth by scoring four runs — three off RBI doubles by Scott Frazier and Jordan Falcon and one from a Hayes RBI single.

Metro responded with an even bigger at-bat, pushing across five runs in the bottom of the eighth — two aided by Cowboy errors — to seize the win.

Hayes was 3 for 3 in defeat.

Thomas Lyons’ home run scored three in the top of the third in game two, turning a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 advantage.

The score was tied 4-4 in the top of the seventh before Falvey hit a two-run single. Falvey made it home via a Justin Rodriguez fielder’s choice, and a Kyle Herrington RBI single made it 8-4.

Nelson’s home run on the first pitche he saw in the bottom of the inning was all the scoring Metro could muster after that.