Beavers baseball splits with New Mexico Highlands

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – Minot State baseball won its first game of the 2019 season with a 7-4 victory over New Mexico Highlands before falling 6-2 in the series finale in Las Vegas, New Mexico Wednesday afternoon.

The Beavers are 1-5 on the season while the Cowboys are now 7-5 on the year.

Game 1: Minot State 7,

New Mexico Highlands 4

The game was scoreless heading into the fourth inning. Celestino Rodriguez and Mason Gifford drew walks and Darrel Doll bunted an infield single to third base to load the bases. Andrew Black followed with a bases-clearing triple to center field to give Minot State a 3-0 lead.

The Beavers added three more runs in the next inning when Michael Borst’s infield single scored Trevaun Smith and Darrel Doll’s two-run double off the wall in left center, scoring Gifford and Borst.

Minot State scored its final run of the game in the sixth inning on Wyatt Schlosser’s RBI groundout to first base that allowed Ryley Humrighouse to touch home.

The Cowboys scored three runs in the sixth and added another in the seventh, but Minot State held off NMHU to clinch the 7-4 victory. Minot pitcher Jaymon Cervantes secured his first win of the season while Jack Gamba pitched the final inning in relief.

Game 2: New Mexico Highlands 6, Minot State 2

Building on the momentum from the first game, the Beavers jumped on the Cowboys quick, scoring two runs in the first inning. Doll singled to left field with the bases-loaded, allowing Schlosser to score the first run of the game. Minot State doubled its lead when Andrew Black’s sacrifice fly brought Borst home for the second run of the inning.

NMHU got one run back in the bottom of the first inning before adding two in the second inning to take the lead for good. Leading 3-2, the Cowboys tacked on two runs in the fifth inning before adding their final run in the eighth inning.

The Beavers continue their season-opening road trip as Minot State travels to Tucson, Ariz. Minot State will play six games and two exhibitions over a span of seven days beginning on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. vs. No. 11 St. Cloud State.