Neosho avoids sweep, snaps Tigers’ win streak at 11 games
The No. 12-ranked Cowley College baseball team came up just short in its attempt to sweep its four-game series against Neosho County as the Panthers won the final game of the series on Saturday. After sweeping a pair of games in Arkansas City on Thursday, Cowley defeated Neosho County 8-3 on Saturday in Chanute before losing the finale by a score of 3-2.
The Tigers are now 23-6 overall and 14-2 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. Cowley is currently second in the conference behind Kansas City Kansas Community College (11-1).
"We were disappointed we did not finish our weekend with a win," Cowley head coach Darren Burroughs said.
Miguel Fulgencio pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and has yet to allow an earned run in 19 innings pitched.
In the nightcap, Cowley starting pitcher Chance Cox kept the Tigers in the game by allowing just two runs in five innings. J'Briell Easley followed on the mound and struck out five in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Cowley right-fielder Ty Hammack homered earlier in the game and the score was tied 2-2 heading into the final inning of play.
The Panthers put a couple of runners on base off Tiger reliever Carson Pierce (0-1) in the bottom of the ninth inning. Isaac Stebens came on in relief of Pierce and allowed Neosho's Alex Urlaub to single home Austin Oldham with the winning run.
Dax Sharp went the distance on the mound for Neosho, allowing only seven hits and two runs. Neosho is now 13-21 overall and 5-11 in the Jayhawk East.
The Tigers will venture out of conference when they host Seminole State College (OK) in a nine-inning game Tuesday at 2 p.m.
"Seminole will be another good test for us," Burroughs said.
Score by inning:
Game one R H E
Cowley 1 0 1 0 4 0 2 – 8 11 1
Neosho 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 – 3 12 1
Game two R H E
Cowley 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 – 2 7 1
Neosho 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 – 3 7 1