Trailing the second game of a doubleheader at Pratt Thursday by a score of 4-0, the No. 16-ranked Cowley College softball team scored 10 runs in the final two innings to rally for the 10-5 win.
The Lady Tigers got a stellar pitching performance from sophomore Jessica Seay in a 7-1 win of game one. Seay (11-6) allowed only two hits in six innings.
"Jess was her usual self," Hargrove said. "It was a pretty routine day for her."
In game two, Sara Glass hit a home run in the top of the fifth inning but was called out after the umpires determined her Tiger teammates were not in foul territory when greeting her at home plate.
The change in the home run call prompted Cowley head coach Ed Hargrove to protest the call. Hargrove was ultimately thrown out of the game for only the second time in his 30 years of coaching.
Whether it was a coincidence or not, the Lady Tigers woke up to score 10 runs after Hargrove's ejection.
"That rally in the second game saved our season at least temporarily," Hargrove said. "I felt our season was on the line at the time of my ejection."
The victories moved Cowley into a four-way tie for fourth place in the Jayhawk East as the Lady Tigers are now 24-10 overall and 12-8 in the conference.
Pratt has lost six games in a row and is now 8-30 overall and 4-18 in the Jayhawk East.
Brooke Benge earned the win in game two as she allowed seven hits and four earned runs in seven innings of work. Benge is now 10-3 on the season.
Freshman designated hitter Hope McLeod, who had only 12 at bats on the season, went 5-for-8 with three runs scored in the doubleheader.
"I felt we have been lacking leadership and heart and Hope is always trying to motivate everyone, so I told Jenny (Hoyt) we needed to get Jenny in the lineup to try and provide a spark for us, and what a big spark she was," Hargrove said.
Jordan Haya added a pair of hits and three RBIs in game two, while Morgan Swisher went 4-for-5 with two RBIs in the opener.
Cowley will look to add to its winning streak when they play a doubleheader at last place Allen county Friday at 2 p.m. The Lady Red Devils are 1-33 overall and 0-20 in the Jayhawk East. Cowley will then play a doubleheader at Neosho County on Saturday before hosting Brown Mackie in a doubleheader on Tuesday.
"These next six games are really crucial to us moving up the rankings," Hargrove said.
Score by inning: Game one R H E Cowley 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 - 7 14 1 Pratt 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 - 1 3 2
Game two R H E Cowley 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 - 10 13 1 Pratt 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 - 5 7 4