Playing a pair of clubs with losing records, the No. 16-ranked Cowley College softball team ran its win-streak to six games by sweeping doubleheaders at Allen Community College and Neosho County.
On Friday, Cowley blasted Allen by scores of 11-0 and 12-3. The Lady Tigers came back on Saturday and knocked off Neosho County 12-2 and 14-4.
Three of the wins came by run-rule as the Lady Tigers improved their record to 28-10 overall and 16-8 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. With the wins, Cowley moves into a tie for third place in the conference and is currently fifth in the region standings.
"We always talk about winning the games we need to win and we did that this weekend," Cowley head coach Ed Hargrove said.
Allen is now 0-24 in the Jayhawk East and 1-37 overall, while Neosho County drops to 10-12 in the conference and 17-22 overall.
In Friday's opener, Jessica Seay tossed five scoreless innings in the 11-0 win over Allen. Sophomore third baseman Caitlyn Cosme led the team at the plate as she homered in the win and drove in four.
Leading the second game of the doubleheader by a score of 4-3 entering the sixth inning, Cowley erupted for eight runs in the inning. Morgan Swisher had a two-run triple in the inning, while Sierra Schumacher and Taya Haney came through with two-RBI hits in the inning.
Brooke Benge (11-3) earned the win. Benge scattered seven hits and three runs over five innings, while Seay came in to pitch a scoreless sixth inning.
Schumacher finished with four RBIs and sophomore centerfielder Jordan Haya hit her seventh home run of the season in the win.
On Saturday, Seay (13-6) struck out 10 in a 12-2 win over Neosho County. Once again, Cowley was involved in a close game before pulling away with eight runs in the top of the seventh inning. Taylor Watham had a two-run triple in the inning and Stephani Couser drilled a two-run homer.
Designated hitter Taya Haney went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the victory.
In game two, Cowley blasted four home runs to win 14-4. The Lady Tigers got home runs from Sarah Glass, Tiffany Isam, Cosme and Couser. The home run for Couser was her seventh of the season, tying her with Haya for the team lead.
Isam drove in four runs in the win, while Cosme, Glass and Couser each drove in three.
"Our offense is starting to put things together," Hargrove said.
Benge lasted only 2 1/3 innings on the mound before Taya Haney entered the game in relief. Haney, who tossed a scoreless inning of relief in the 11-0 win over Allen on Friday, allowed only one hit and no earned runs in 3 2/3 innings as she improved her record to 4-1 on the season.
"Taya bailed us out and pitched really well," Hargrove said.
Cowley will look to continue its winning ways when they host a doubleheader vs. Brown Mackie Tuesday at 2 p.m. Brown Mackie is coached by former Lady Tiger assistant Brian Bush and is 13-29 on the season.
Hargrove mentioned his team's struggles at home where the team is only 9-7.
"We hope to use Tuesday and Thursday's home doubleheaders to propel us into the first-round of the playoffs," Hargrove said.
Score by inning: Friday Game one R H E Cowley 0 0 0 1 5 5 - 11 14 0 Allen 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 3 0
Game two R H E Cowley 0 3 1 0 0 8 - 12 13 1 Allen 2 0 0 1 0 0 - 3 8 2
Saturday Game one R H E Cowley 0 0 0 1 0 3 8 - 12 14 1 Neosho 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 - 2 9 0
Game two R H E Cowley 1 0 3 2 3 5 - 14 14 2 Neosho 0 0 3 1 0 0 - 4 7 1