Tigers sweep Coffeyville, improve to 11-1 in Jayhawk East
The No. 11-ranked Cowley College baseball team ran its win-streak to eight games in a row by completing a four-game sweep of conference rival Coffeyville Community College. The Tigers finished off the sweep of the four games by defeating the Red Ravens 2-1 and 11-5 Saturday in Coffeyville.
"Coffeyville is a tough place to win, so we were glad to get the sweep," Cowley head coach Darren Burroughs said. "We got a couple quality starts on the mound and kudos to the guys for stepping up and winning a tough series."
Cowley is now 20-5 overall and 11-1 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division, while Coffeyville falls to 13-11 overall and 5-7 in the conference.
In game one, Cowley and Coffeyville were deadlocked at 1-1 after six innings of play. Ty Hammack singled leading off the top of the seventh inning and came around to score the go-ahead run on a one-out single by Trey DeGarmo in the top of the seventh inning.
Isaac Stebens, the third Tiger pitcher used in the game, struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning to preserve the game and record his fourth save of the season.
Christopher Spry went the distance on the mound for Coffeyville and was the tough luck loser as he allowed seven hits and two runs.
DeGarmo drove in both of the Tigers' runs as he went 2-for-3.
"Trey swung the bat good on Thursday and didn't have a lot to show for it," Burroughs said. "Hopefully, he is starting to figure it out and become more consistent."
In the nightcap, Cowley led 3-1 after eight innings of play before erupting for eight runs in the top of the ninth inning. DeGarmo's two-run homer capped the eight-run inning.
Chance Cox started on the mound for Cowley and did not allow an earned run in 5 1/3 innings pitched. The right-hander struck out five and walked one as he improved his record to 3-0 on the season. J'Briell Easley retired all five batters he faced in relief and Tanner Vaughn also tossed a scoreless inning.
Coffeyville's Marcos Lopez took the loss as he allowed four hits and three runs in six innings pitched.
Shortstop David Herring had three of the Tigers' 11 hits, while DeGarmo and Hammack each went 2-for-4 with runs batted in.
Cowley will open a four-game series against Neosho County (12-17) by hosting a doubleheader against the Panthers Thursday at 1 p.m.
"We are excited to play," Burroughs said. "Our pitchers have done a good job of attacking the zone early and that will continue to be a point of emphasis."
Score by inning:
Game one R H E
Cowley 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 – 2 7 0
Coffeyville 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 – 1 6 1
Game two R H E
Cowley 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 8 – 11 11 2
Coffeyville 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 – 5 8 0