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March 5, 2013Pitching leads Tigers to 4-0 start in Jayhawk East
Continuing its early season dominance on the mound, the Cowley College baseball team completed a four-game sweep of visiting Labette Community College with a pair of wins Monday in Arkansas City. The Tigers won the first game of Monday's doubleheader by a score of 3-2 before shutting out the Cardinals 9-0 in game two.
Cowley used just eight pitchers and allowed only three runs in the four-game series. The Tigers are now 8-3 overall and 4-0 in the conference.
"We are excited to start the conference season on a great note," Cowley assistant coach Darren Burroughs said. "We got four real quality starts on the mound."
Sophomore Bryan McClellan started Monday's opener and allowed only four hits and two runs in six innings pitched as he improved his record to 2-1 on the season. McClellan struck out five and walked one.
With the score tied 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Tigers got a one-out single from Ethan Elroy and a walk by Blake Burroughs to put runners at first and second. Labette then turned to Devin Konarik to relieve Cardinal starting pitcher Zach Cordell on the mound.
However, Konarik proceeded to walk Zack Mills to load the bases and then walked A.J. Shaw to score Elroy with the go-ahead run. Konarik avoided further damage by getting Ryan McBroom to ground into a double play to end the inning.
Tiger freshman Ryan Jenkins allowed a pair of singles in the top of the seventh inning and had runners at first and second with one out before getting Cody Fredrickson to ground into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.
McBroom had two of Cowley's seven hits in the win, while Shaw drove in a pair of runs. Second baseman Matt Anderson also played well and went 1-for-3 with a run batted in.
In the nightcap, Cowley took advantage of more wildness by Labette as the Cardinals walked three batters and committed two errors in a four-run second inning for the Tigers.
Sophomore first baseman Mike Parker would add a RBI single in the fifth inning and a three-run triple in a four-run sixth inning as Cowley went on to the 9-0 win.
After going 1-for-8 in the first three games of the series, Parker would finish the second game of Monday's doubleheader 3-for-4 with four RBI's.
"It was good to see Mike start to get back to his old self and be a little more patient at the plate," Burroughs said.
Sophomore third baseman Ethan Elroy went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored in the doubleheader and provided the Tigers with solid defense in the field.
"Ethan was probably our best player on the weekend," Burroughs said.
Freshman Zach Cantwell (1-0) made his first start of the season and allowed only two hits in five innings pitched. The right-hander needed to face only 17 batters as he struck out two and walked none.
Sophomore Brent Burroughs pitched the final two innings and surrendered only one hit, while striking out one with no walks.
Cowley will return to action Wednesday when they play at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid at 3 p.m.
Score by inning:
Game one R H E
Labette 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 - 2 6 2
Cowley 0 1 1 0 0 1 x - 3 7 1
Score by inning:
Game two R H E
Labette 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 3 2
Cowley 0 4 0 0 1 4 x - 9 10 3