Cowgirls recover, earn split with Lions

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By Dave Kavanaugh

A pair of bounce-back efforts on Sunday secured a doubleheader sweep and a four-game series split for New Mexico Highlands softball in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play against visiting Colorado-Colorado Springs.


The Cowgirls, who’d lost both ends of a Saturday twinbill with the Mountain Lions, trailed by three runs in Sunday’s opener but put together four runs in each of the third and fourth innings to prevail 8-4.

Highlands’ Brittany Potter led her team at the plate, going 2 for 3 with two runs batted in. Jessica Brink recorded a complete-game pitching win, scattering 11 hits and three earned runs over seven frames. She struck out four.

Then in the finale Highlands rallied from a 9-7 deficit midway through the sixth to pull out a 10-9 decision. Key to the victory was a Mountain Lion fielding error that allowed Lynette Directo and Tess Oliphant to score for the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Directo and Molly McDougall accounted for three RBI apiece; she went 2 for 4 and scored three runs. Potter and Oliphant also had two hits each for Shellie Broyles’ Cowgirls (19-21 overall, 13-15 RMAC).

Brink (5-4) won the decision, going the last four innings and allowing five hits and two runs, striking out two.

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In Sunday baseball action, Colorado Mesa salvaged a split of its weekend series at NMHU, taking an 11-3 decision at Brandt Park.

The Cowboys, who’d won two of the first three games against their RMAC archrivals, were looking for a series win but were limited to five hits by Mesa pitchers Garrett Carpenter and Tim Moore.

Highlands (20-9, 13-7) capped the nine-inning contest with a flourish when Erik Scott smashed a pinch-hit two-run bomb in the bottom of the ninth.