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.