The No. 19-ranked Cowley College baseball team swept Highland in a four-game series last week before the spring season was shut down.
The Tigers took Wednesday’s doubleheader 7-6 and 12-1 at City Ball Park. The two teams then moved Thursday to Highland, where Cowley swept 6-0 and 12-0.
Cowley scored five runs on only two hits in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday’s opener to race out to an early lead. The Tigers (15-7, 5-3 Jayhawk East) added two more runs in the bottom of the second to lead 7-1 and appeared to have the game in control.
Jhors Gomez stroked a two-run double Jaeden Rodriguez added a two-run single in a five-run fifth inning to pull the Scotties (8-13, 2-6) to within 7-6.
The Tigers called on sophomore Miguel Obeso to pitch out of the bullpen for the first time this season. After allowing a walk and a single to two of the first three batters he faced, Obeso settled down to retire seven of his final nine batters. Obeso allowed two hits and two walks in 2 2/3 scoreless innings, while striking out three.
Freshman Cole Miller (3-0) earned the win, giving up only one hit and one run in 2 2/3 innings.
Sophomore third baseman George Specht went 2 for 3 with two RBI, while designated hitter Cade Stephens went 2 for 4 and drove in a run.
The Tigers pounded 18 hits in the nightcap.
Blaze Brothers and Owen Richter had three hits apiece, while Stephens hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to put the finishing touches on the run-rule win.
Sophomore Christopher Goldston (3-1) had a dominating performance on the mound for the Tigers, striking out 11 and walking only one while allowing one hit in four innings.
Adam Stephenson (4-0) followed Goldston’s outing with a gem of his own in Thursday’s opener. Stephenson struck out 11 and did not walk a batter while tossing a complete game three-hit shutout.
Freshman first baseman Michelle Artzberger went 3 for 3 with two RBI.
Redshirt freshman Carson Orton (1-1) started the series finale and he and sophomore Hunter O’Toole continued putting up zeroes. Orton allowed one hit in two innings before O’Toole went five innings, allowing only three hits while striking out five.
Austin Neal, C.D. White and Hunter Edwards each retired the only batter they faced in a scoreless eighth that finished off the run-rule win.
Sophomore center fielder Tyler Halstead hit a grand slam, while Kade Self went 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBI.
Cowley 7, Highland 6 — Game 1
Cowley 12, Highland 1 — Game 2
Cowley 6, Highland 0 — Game 1
Cowley 12, Highland 0 — Game 2