Metro State is making a case for a regional ranking, and the Roadrunners bolstered their resume with three straight wins at New Mexico Highlands over the weekend in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball action.
Metro won a nine-inning pitching gem 2-1 on Friday, then swept Saturday’s doubleheader 18-8 and 11-8.
The Roadrunners (19-8, 15-7 RMAC through Saturday) dropped Highlands to 15-16 and 9-13, respectively.
Friday saw Metro’s Bradshaw Perry shackle the Cowboy lineup for four hits, no walks and one earned run in a complete-game beauty. His NMHU counterpart, Trent Evins, had a strong eight and a third innings, with five strikeouts and just six hits, three walks and two earned runs allowed.
Metro got both its runs in the top of the third inning off RBI singles by David Kaplan and David Fox.
Highlands got one run back when Erik Scott’s sacrifice fly plated Thomas King in the bottom of the eighth.
Six Roadrunners notched multiple hits and Metro scored in each of the first five innings to dominate Saturday’s first game.
Ty Hancock was 3 of 3 and Kaplan 2 for 3 with four RBI. Highlands, which rallied for five runs in the fourth to make it 15-8, was led by Clay Mohr (2 for 3, two RBI ) and Eric Maupin (2 of 4, four RBI).
Pitcher Kyle Sayers, shelled for nine runs in two and two-thirds innings, lost the decision.
NMHU led 8-5 going into the seventh in Saturday’s nightcap but spotted a half dozen runs that changed the outcome.
That spoiled a 3-for-4 game by A.J. Alexander and three RBI apiece for Scott and Thomas King. King homered in the fifth.
Metro’s Fox was 3 for 4 with three RBI and three runs.
Jared Bowser was tagged with the loss on the mound after the one disastrous seventh inning.