10-run inning lifts softball to sweep at Hutchinson
Trailing Hutchinson 3-1 in the top of the fifth inning Tuesday in Hutchinson, the No. 9-ranked Cowley College softball team erupted for 10 runs as they came back to sweep the doubleheader.
After winning game one by a score of 5-2, the Lady Tigers run-ruled the Lady Blue Dragons 11-3 in game two.
The victories improve Cowley's record to 22-6 overall and 10-4 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. The Lady Tigers are currently in third place in the conference, two games behind conference-leading Johnson County in the loss column.
Hutchinson falls to 10-16 overall and 5-9 in the conference.
"We're trying to get back in the conference race and if you want to contend then you have got to beat teams like Hutchinson that are in the middle of the pack," Cowley head coach Ed Hargrove said.
In game one, Cowley scored two runs in the first inning and added three runs in the fourth inning to lead 5-0. Sophomore Jessica Seay made the lead stand up by allowing only three hits and two runs in seven innings pitched. Seay recorded double digit strikeouts for the second consecutive start as she struck out 10 and walked none. Seay is now 10-3 on the season with an earned run average of 2.09.
Sophomore centerfielder Jordan Haya and catcher Taylor Watham had two hits a piece in the victory.
In game two, Hutchinson scored three runs off Lady Tiger starter Brooke Benge to lead 3-0 after two innings of play.
Cowley got a run back in the top of the third inning as Stephanie Couser singled and came around to score on a RBI single by Rondeci Oliver.
Trailing 3-1, Cowley broke through for 10 runs thanks to five extra base hits in the top of the fifth inning.
Haya's two-run double put Cowley in front 4-3, and Caitlyn Cosme's three-run homer capped the scoring. The big inning was fueled by what was viewed as some over the top antics by the Lady Blue Dragon players.
"The behavior of the Hutchinson team kind of fired us up a bit," Hargrove said.
Freshman Morgan Swisher had three of Cowley's 11 hits and raised her team-leading batting average to .483.
Freshman Shannon Driggers, who had only 11 at bats on the season entering Tuesday's doubleheader, made a pair of rare starts as the team's designated hitter. Driggers came through with a run scoring double in the first game and added a two-run double in the nightcap as she went 2-for-5 with two doubles and three runs batted in.
"She came up big for us," Hargrove said.
Benge went the first four innings on the mound and allowed five hits and three runs as she improved to 9-2 on the season. Seay came in to pitch a 1-2-3 fifth inning.
The Lady Tigers' doubleheader at the University of Kansas on Wednesday was postponed due to rain.
Cowley will now prepare to host Kansas City in a doubleheader Friday at 2 p.m. The Lady Blue Devils are 18-6 overall and 8-6 in the Jayhawk East.
Score by inning: Game one R H E Cowley 2 0 0 3 0 0 0 - 5 10 0 Hutch 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 - 2 3 1 Game two R H E Cowley 0 0 1 0 (10) - 11 11 0 Hutch 2 1 0 0 0 - 3 5 0