Tigers use season-high 21 hits to salvage split at Neosho County
For the second time in three days, the Cowley College baseball team lost the first game of a doubleheader against No. 5-ranked Neosho County only to come back and run-rule the Panthers in the second game. This time, Cowley lost the first game 4-3 before winning game two 14-3 Saturday in Chanute.
Cowley remains two games out of first place in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division and one-game behind second place Neosho County and Coffeyville. The Tigers are now 24-11 overall and 16-8 in the conference.
Neosho County is now 31-9 overall and 17-7 in the Jayhawk East.
In game one, Neosho County's Andy Young hit a two-run homer off Austin Sanders in the bottom of the first inning and the Panthers scored two more runs in the second inning as they jumped out to an early 4-0 lead.
Cowley scratched across single runs in the third and fifth innings and pulled within 4-3 on Justin Burba's RBI triple in the top of the sixth inning. However, Burba was stranded at third and the Tigers would go on to lose 4-3.
Sanders took the loss as he allowed nine hits and four runs in six innings pitched. Sanders struck out four and walked one as he fell to 2-2 on the season.
Casey Quinlan went the first four innings on the mound for Neosho County and earned the win as he allowed four hits and two runs. Cody Hutchinson went the final three innings to preserve the victory.
Sophomore shortstop Kris Molter had two of Cowley's seven hits. A.J. Shaw had his hitting streak come to an end at 13 games.
Trailing 3-0 in game two, Cowley scored 14 unanswered runs over the games final five innings of play. Every Tiger starter had at least one hit. Gage Grant went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while Chad Reibenspies, Dylan Kuhn, and Ryan McBroom added three hits a piece.
Freshman outfielder Matt Elliot continued his recent terror at the plate as he had his second five RBI game in the past three contests.
Levi Skinner lasted only 1 2/3 innings on the mound for the Tigers as he walked four batters and allowed three runs. However, sophomore Ryan Jenkins came on to pitch 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief as he improved his record to 2-1 on the season.
Freshman Nathan Gieber pitched a perfect seventh inning to finish off the victory.
Neosho County's Shane Hummel was tagged for 14 hits and nine runs over five innings as he was saddled with the loss.
Cowley will venture out of conference to play a nine-inning game at Northern Oklahoma College-Enid Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Tigers defeated the Jets 20-1 back on March 11.
Score by inning: Game one R H E Cowley 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 - 3 7 1 Neosho 2 2 0 0 0 0 x - 4 9 0
Game two R H E Cowley 0 0 3 0 4 6 1 - 14 21 1 Neosho 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 3 6 6