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NMHU gets 4th RMAC sweep

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By Dave Kavanaugh

The New Mexico Highlands Cowboys completed their fourth series sweep of the season against a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponent over the weekend, beating Colorado Christian 5-4 and 13-2 on Sunday in Lakewood, Colo.

Highlands (32-6 overall, 22-3 RMAC) had beaten the Cougars 22-3 in Friday’s series opener. CCU fell to 12-31, 9-17.

NMHU led Sunday’s first game 5-1 midway through the ninth inning. The Cougars rallied with three runs before reliever Tyler Shaddy struck out Chad Meske to end the inning. Shaddy picked up the save, his third of the year, and starter Trent Evins (6-0) got the win after limiting the Cougars to five hits , one walk and one run over eight innings.

Christian Garcia, Highlands’ leadoff hitter and center fielder, went 4 of 5 at the plate and drove in two runs. Jason Carr was 2 for 5.

In Sunday’s second game, the Cowboys got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the first and six in the decisive second for a 6-1 lead.

Danny Brown homered twice and David Bustillos once, combining to drive in six runs. Brown, Bustillos, Kyle Gutchewsky, Robert Vasquez and Scott Fackrell each went 2 for 4; the latter three are the Cowboys’ No. 7, 8 and 9 hitters.

Brown was a dual threat, holding CCU to seven hits and striking out five in six innings. He moved to 4-0 as a pitcher this year.

With six games left, NMHU leads the league and has three more league wins than closest foe Mesa State (19-9), this week’s opponent.