Cowboy sluggers open 3-1

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Fowler, Sayers get wins on mound

By NMHU Sports Information

ODESSA, TEXAS — The New Mexico Highlands baseball team wrapped up the University of Texas-Permian Basin tournament on Sunday, going 2-1 with wins over Colorado School of Mines (11-7) and tournament host UTPB (4-0).

The Cowboys fell in their final game against Wayland Baptist University 14-5. With the conclusion of the tournament, the Cowboys are now 3-1 overall in their young season.

The Cowboys handled RMAC foe Colorado School of Mines in a non-conference matchup on Saturday by a final score of 11-7. The Cowboys hit .263 as a team, led by Justin Kaid and Clay Mohr. Kaid went 2 for 4 with three RBI and Mohr went 2 of 4 with three runs, one RBI and one double.

Greg Fowler (1-0) got the win on the mound in his first appearance as a Cowboy. Fowler allowed one earned run on four hits while recording nine strikeouts in five innings pitched. Alec New came in for relief of Fowler and allowed three runs on four hits in two innings. Richard Sandoval closed for New and allowed one run on two hits and record six strikeouts in two innings.

Against UTPB, Highlands shined with a 4-0 win over the talented Falcons. The Cowboys had a team batting average of .294 with four doubles.

A.J. Alexander, J.P. Hollywood and Eric Maupin had the high offensive numbers for the Cowboys. Alexander was 3 for 4 with two RBI and one double. Hollywood went 2 for 4 with two runs, one RBI and one double. Maupin hit 2 of 4 with one RBI and a double.

Kyle Sayers (1-0) had a strong start in his first appearance for NMHU; he allowed no runs on four hits and struck out 11 batters in six shutout innings. Reliever Jason Sirak continued the shutout as he allowed no runs on two hits and recorded three strikeouts in two innings. Jared Bowser closed for the Cowboys with no runs allowed on one hit and recorded three strikeouts in one inning. The Cowboy pitching staff would record 17 strikeouts in the shutout.

In the final game of the weekend, the Cowboys tasted defeat for the first time in 2011 in a 14-5 setback against Wayland Baptist.

Highlands led early, but two big Wayland Baptist innings spelled doom for the Cowboys.

NMHU finished the day with a .303 team batting average with four doubles and one home run. Erik Scott went 1 for 1 with one run, two RBI and the Cowboys’ first home run of the season.

Edgar Vela (0-1) got the start for the Cowboys and gave up four earned runs on six hits and struck out two batters in three innings pitched.

Steven Becerra, Chris Waha, Cruz Sedillo  and Antonio Huez Robles pitched in relief.

“It was a good weekend for us,” said NMHU  head coach Steve Jones. “We had good weather, and a lot of our guys got some good work in. We had some things that we did well on the weekend and some things we need to improve on.”

The Cowboys will hit the road again on Feb. 25 as they travel to Emporia, Kans., for a four-game road swing against Arkansas Tech University and Emporia State University.