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February 17, 2013Bouncing back from a 10-7 loss to Redlands Community College in its season opener Friday in Arkansas City, the No. 15-ranked Cowley College baseball team came back to win at Redlands 15-4 Sunday in El Reno, OK.
In Friday's opener played at the Tiger baseball stadium, Cowley got run scoring singles from sophomore first baseman Mike Parker and freshman designated hitter Dylan Delso to lead 2-0 after one inning of play.
Redlands got the runs back in the top of the second inning, scoring twice off Tiger starting pitcher Mark Meadors.
After Redlands scratched a run across off Tiger pitcher Brent Burroughs in the top of the fourth inning, Cowley answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to lead 5-3.
Redlands tied the game with a pair of runs off Ty Rowe in the top of the sixth inning and then busted the game open with five runs off freshman Tyler Day (0-1) in the top of the seventh.
Freshman Seth Holman pitched the final two innings and retired six of the seven batters he faced.
In his first game in a Tiger uniform, Arizona State University transfer Dylan Delso went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in. Parker also had three hits, two of which were doubles. While, sophomore catcher Tyler Munger went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Traveling to El Reno, OK on Sunday for a rematch with Redlands, the Tigers and Cougars were tied 2-2 after four innings of play. Cowley got a three-run homer from Illinois State University transfer Matt Anderson in a seven-run fifth inning, and a three-run single by sophomore Tyler Rolland in a five-run sixth inning as they went on to run-rule the Cougars in seven innings by a score of 15-4.
Rolland had a huge game as he went 3-for-4 with six runs batted in.
Overall, the Tigers had 15 hits in Sunday's win and 27 hits in the two games vs. Redlands. Delso and Anderson, each NCAA Division I transfers, combined for three hits and four runs scored in the nightcap.
"We have a chance to be better offensively than last year," Cowley assistant coach Darren Burroughs said. "Delso and Anderson will add pop to the lineup."
Five Tiger pitchers combined to scatter nine hits over seven innings. Freshman Levi Skinner earned the win in relief and pitched the fourth and fifth innings, striking out five and walking two.
Sophomore Bryan McClellan started game two on the mound for the Tigers and allowed three hits and one earned run.
Cowley used 10 pitchers in the two games vs. Redlands.
"We saw some good things from our pitchers," Burroughs said.
Cowley will be back in action Wednesday when they play at Rose State at 2 p.m. The teams will play a single, nine-inning game in Midwest City, OK.
"I hope we see some more consistency," Burroughs said. "Once guys learn to be consistent in all three phases of the game we will have a chance to be a good team."
Score by inning:
Friday R H E
Redlands 0 2 0 1 0 2 5 0 0 - 10 8 1
Cowley 2 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 1 - 7 12 5
Sunday R H E
Cowley 0 1 1 0 7 5 1 - 15 15 2
Redlands 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 - 4 9 2