Roadrunners complete sweep

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Outhitting their hosts 16-8, Metro State’s Roadrunners dealt New Mexico Highlands a 7-1 defeat Sunday to wrap up a four-game sweep of their Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball series.

Metro won 2-1 on Friday, then swept Saturday’s doubleheader 18-8 and 11-8.

The Roadrunners improved to 20-8 and 16-7 in the RMAC, as Highlands fell to 15-17 and 9-14, respectively.

NMHU played the series shorthanded because several players were serving the end of a nine-game suspension due to involvement in an off-field incident. That incident also netted the arrests of three players, who were kicked off the team for their roles.

On Sunday, Metro did all its damage in the second, third and fourth innings.

Mike Coffey’s RBI double scored Evan Claus, who’d gotten on with a walk. Two outs later, Ty Jacobs singled to score Coffey for a 2-0 lead.

Highlands cut the margin in half in the bottom of the second on Thomas King’s RBI single to score Eric Maupin.

In the top of the third, Jordan Stouffer followed David Fox’s leadoff double with an RBI triple. Claus drove in Stouffer with a base hit; he was later caught trying to steal second. One out later, Jake Danneffel blasted a solo home run to left centerfield, making it a 5-1 tally.

In the fourth, Metro added two runs — one on a fielder’s choice RBI by Fox; the other on a sacrifice fly by Claus.

Roadrunner pitcher Nate van Bibber went the distance for the win, limiting Highlands to one earned run on eight hits and no walks; he struck out four.

Edgar Vela fell to 0-2 with the loss, allowing five runs on two walks and seven hits through two and two-thirds innings.

Metro held the power edge, with Dannefel going 2 for 5 with a homer; Stouffer was 3 for 5 with a triple.

A.J. Alexander led NMHU, hitting 3 of 4.