Cowboys fall to ENMU
The New Mexico Highlands University pitching staff was battered for 21 hits in a 13-5 loss to visiting Eastern New Mexico on Sunday afternoon at Brandt Field.
The Greyhounds scored at least one run in each of the first six innings, building a 7-0 lead that the Cowboys never seriously threatened.
Seven ENMU batters had at least two hits, including identical 4-for-5 efforts from right fielder Derek Crenshaw and catcher Jacob Rogers. Both drove in three runs apiece. Rogers had a home run, part of five ENMU extra base hits on the day.
Highlands used six pitchers. Starter Braullo Hernandez (0-1) took the loss, working into the fifth inning. He allowed nine hits and seven runs, all earned. He also walked two, had a wild pitch and hit a batter. Twelve of the 24 batters he faced reached safely.
ENMU reliever Jaspreet Shergill (1-0) got the win after spelling starter Aaron Anderson with two outs in the bottom of the fifth after the Cowboys scored three runs to get within 7-3.
The Greyhounds (7-1) took three of the four games in the weekend series.
Highlands (1-3) visits Abilene Christian for a four-game series starting Friday. The Cowboys return home for a four-game set against Adams State on March 1.
Lobos pitching holds up in series finale
The 21st-ranked Lobos (1-2) salvaged the final game of their season-opening series against visiting Oklahoma State, winning 9-1 Sunday afternoon at Isotopes Park.
Starting pitcher Sam Wolff (1-0) tossed 5 2/3 innings, striking out five and allowing just three hits. His lineup backed him up by pounding out 14 hits. Catcher Mitch Garver went 4-for-4 with a double, triple, three runs scored and three driven in.
Alex Allbritton, Alex Rael and Luke Campbell had two hits apiece, combining for four RBIs.
UNM never trailed, scoring five times in the bottom of the first inning and once more in the second. Unlike Saturday night’s ugly loss in which the Lobos blew an eight-run lead in the eighth inning, this time the pitching held up as relievers Alex Estrella and Josh Walker surrendered just one hit and no walks in their 2 1/3 innings on the hill.
New Mexico heads out on the road for its next six games. The next stop is Corpus Christi, Texas, for the Kleberg Bank College Classic next weekend. After that is a three-game set at Nebraska from March 1 to March 3, then back to Isotopes Park for six games between March 5 and March 10 against La Salle and University of California, Riverside.
Local lifter sets new standard
Santa Fe High freshman Logan Monroe set a state record in the snatch at the USA Weightlifting Junior National Championships in Foster City, Calif., over the weekend.
The 16-year-old’s best mark in the snatch was 56 kilograms, breaking the previous state mark by three kilos. His best lift in the clean and jerk as 68 kilos. His combined scores placed him 11th in the 56-kilo weight class.