The Cowley College baseball team continued its strong start to the conference season by completing a four-game sweep of Allen Community College with a pair of wins Sunday in Arkansas City. The Tigers won the first game 10-3 and then run-ruled the Red Devils 13-2 in game two.
Cowley is now 12-3 overall and 8-0 in the Jayhawk Conference Eastern Division. Sweeping four-game series versus Highland and Allen, the Tigers have out-scored their Jayhawk East foes by a total of 76-17.
On Sunday, Cowley out-hit Allen 26-9 in the doubleheader.
"It was a solid performance, we did what we had to do," Cowley assistant coach Darren Burroughs said. "It's always good to get off to a quick start in the conference and still feel like we are not playing our best baseball."
Levi Skinner started on the mound in game one and allowed four hits and three runs in five innings. Skinner, who improved to 4-0 on the season, struck out eight and walked two.
Ryan Jenkins finished the game by pitching two innings of scoreless relief.
Cowley scored six runs in the second inning and had six players finish with multi-hit games in the victory. Freshman Dillon White hit a two-run homer in the win, while Zack Mills went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and two runs batted in.
Freshman Storm Rynard earned the win in game two by allowing only four hits and one earned run in five innings. Rynard struck out seven and walked two as he improved his record to 3-1 on the season.
Freshman Nathan Gieber was dominant in relief. Gieber retired all six batters he faced with four strikeouts.
"Those four guys that pitched for us threw strikes and gave us a chance to win," Burroughs said.
Leadoff batter A.J. Shaw continued his stellar start to the season as he went 2-for-4 with a double, triple, and two RBIs. Shaw doubled leading off the bottom of the first inning and came around to score on a single by Kris Molter. The Tigers would score twice in the first and five more times in the second as they cruised to the 13-2 win.
Ryan McBroom had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Freshman catcher Chad Reibenspies added a two-run triple in the victory and went 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
"We have guys taking turns contributing," Burroughs said.
Cowley battered Highland starting pitcher Derek Pike to the tune of 15 hits and 10 runs over his five innings pitched. The Scotties are now 5-11 overall and 0-8 in the conference.
The Tigers will be back in action Tuesday when they host Northern Oklahoma College-Enid at 2 p.m.
"They have got a god ball club, so it will be a challenge," Burroughs said. "The game will allow us to have an opportunity to get some other guys some work in."
Score by inning:
Game one R H E
Allen 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 - 3 5 1
Cowley 0 6 0 0 3 1 x - 10 15 0
Game two R H E
Allen 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 4 1
Cowley 2 5 0 0 3 3 x - 13 11 1