Nolan McLean faced an 0-2 count in the top of the eighth with no outs and the Cowboys clinging to a 4-3 lead.
McLean gave the Cowboys the insurance they needed as he barreled up an opposite field home run to give the Cowboys a 5-3 lead, the eventual final score.
McLean drew the start at DH in both of the Cowboys regional games thus far, his first two games since April 25 because of a back injury.
“(He’s) healthy enough to play, we wouldn’t put him in there if he wasn’t. We feel confident that he’s playing with a body that is healthy and able.”
McLean was 1-4 in Saturday’s game with his home run, which brings his regional total to 3-8 after a 2-4 outing Friday. McLean’s presence in the lineup gives the Cowboys another bat that can provide not only power, but base hits when needed.
On the season McLean is batting .269 with eight home runs, 19 RBIs and 19 extra base hits.
“He’s banging some rust off, but you see the elite talent he possesses,” Holliday said.