Playing its final conference games of the season Thursday at Lady Tiger Field, the Cowley College softball team split a doubleheader with Labette. With the split of the two games, the Lady Tigers finish in fifth place in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division and Region VI standings.
Labette (27-16 overall, 18-8 Jayhawk East) finished one-game in front of the Lady Tigers (33-11 overall, 17-9 Jayhawk East) in the conference and two games ahead of Cowley in the region standings.
In Thursday's opener, Jessica Seay (15-7) allowed only two hits and one earned run while going the distance on the mound but it was not enough as Labette took advantage of a pair of Lady Tiger errors to win the opener by a score of 3-2. The loss snapped Cowley's 10-game winning streak.
The Lady Cardinals scored all three of their runs in the first three innings as they raced out to a 3-0 lead and then held on for the win.
With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning of game two, Cowley scored five runs with two outs as they went on to the 8-3 victory.
"We really responded and bunched some hits together that inning," Cowley head coach Ed Hargrove said.
Brooke Benge went the first 4 2/3 innings on the mound and left with the score tied 3-3.
Freshman Taya Haney relieved Benge and pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win.
Haney, who is 5-1 on the season, has not allowed an earned run over her past 13 1/3 innings pitched.
Sophomore second baseman Stephanie Couser went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs in the 8-3 win, while sophomore catcher Taylor Watham went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
"Batting ninth in our lineup, Taylor has come up with some key hits for us this season," Hargrove said.
Taylor Kemp earned the win for Labette in the opener by going the distance on the mound. Kemp limited Cowley to six hits, while striking out two and walking none.
Chelsea LePee took the loss in game two as Cowley tagged her for 13 hits and eight runs in six innings pitched.
The Lady Tigers will play one final regular season doubleheader prior to the Region VI Tournament when they travel to Kansas City, MO Wednesday to take on Maplewoods Community College at 2 p.m. Cowley swept a doubleheader against Maplewoods back on Feb. 20.
"This team knows how good we can be, we just have not put it together very often," Hargrove said. "If we can eliminate our miscues we are definitely capable of winning the region tournament."
Score by inning: Game one R H E Labette 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 - 3 2 0 Cowley 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 - 2 6 2 Game two R H E Labette 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 - 3 6 0 Cowley 0 2 0 1 5 0 x - 8 13 1
April 17, 2014
Softball shuts out KU Club team
Shutting out the University of Kansas Club team in both games of a doubleheader played Wednesday in Lawrence, the Cowley College softball team ran its winning streak to 10 games.
The Lady Tigers got a complete game shutout from sophomore Jessica Seay (15-6) in game one, while Brooke Benge (13-3) and Taya Haney combined on a four-hit shutout win in game two.
"Our pitching was as sharp as it has been all season," Cowley head coach Ed Hargrove said.
Cowley is now 32-10 on the season.
Wednesday's games were closer than the final scores indicated as Cowley led only 1-0 in the opener before scoring three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Freshman leftfielder Morgan Swisher hit her first home run of the season in the victory, while Taya Haney went 3-for-3 with a run batted in.
The second game was scoreless through the first five innings of play before Cowley erupted for nine runs in the sixth inning. Sophomore Jordan Haya's grand slam capped the big inning for the Lady Tigers.
Haya nearly hit her second grand slam in as many innings when she blasted a run scoring sacrifice fly that was caught at the wall. Haya leads the team with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs.
Haney added three more hits and two RBIs as she went 6-for-7 in the doubleheader. Haney also followed Benge on the mound with two scoreless innings of relief and has now pitched 11 straight scoreless innings of relief.
"Taya is getting better and better and is pitching like what we expected from her all year long," Hargrove said.
Cowley, which is unranked for the first time this season, will play its final regular season home doubleheader Thursday at 2 p.m. when they host Labette (26-15 overall, 17-7 Jayhawk East). The Lady Cardinals are currently one-game ahead of Cowley for third place in the Jayhawk East and two games in front of the Lady Tigers for fourth place in the region.
"Today's games will determine whether we are a four, five, or six seed in the region tournament," Hargrove said.
Score by inning: Game one R H E Cowley 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 - 4 9 1 KU Club 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 4 2
Game two R H E Cowley 0 0 0 0 0 9 4 - 13 15 1 KU Club 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 4 1