The Cowley College baseball team handed No. 13-ranked Neosho County its first loss of the season Thursday afternoon, but the Panthers took the nightcap and earned a split of their Jayhawk East doubleheader at City Ball Park.
The Tigers won the opener 13-6, but Neosho County took the nightcap 8-6.
The Tigers (10-6, 5-1 Jayhawk East) and Panthers (12-1, 5-1) are in a four-way tie for first place in conference standings.
Cowley overcame back-to-back home runs by Neosho County’s Kaleb DeLatorre and Nathan Beets in the opener.
Clinging to a 7-6 lead, Grady Davenport stroked a two-run triple in a three-run fourth inning. Freshman left fielder Alex Peterson smacked a two-run triple in a three-run fifth.
Peterson went 3 for 4 and drove in five, while third baseman Cross Factor was 4 for 4 with three runs. Davenport finished 3 for 3 with two RBI for the Tigers, who outhit Neosho County 13-7.
Andrew Roach started on the mound for Cowley and allowed seven hits and five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. Ethan Swanson (1-1) tossed 3 2/3 hitless innings with eight strikeouts to pick up the victory in relief.
Tyler McGrew allowed seven runs in three innings and took the loss for the Panthers.
Sophomore center fielder Kea’von Edwards drove in a run with a triple in the first inning of the nightcap.
Cowley’s Kaid Karnes struck out six in 3 1/3 scoreless innings, but the Panthers scored six runs off reliever Jared Wilson in the top of the fifth to lead 6-1.
Parker Dunn cracked a solo home run and Peterson stroked a two-run triple by in a four-run fifth inning to pull to within 6-5. The Tigers benefitted from three walks in the sixth to tie the game 6-6.
However, Dalton Weaver’s two-run double off Cowley reliever Aaron Stramel (0-2) in the top of the seventh helped to lift Neosho County.
Brayden Nelson struck out six in 3 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win in relief for the Panthers.
Edwards had three hits for Cowley, while Peterson increased his RBI total to 33 in only 16 games.
The teams wrapped up their four-game series Friday with a twinbill in Chanute.
Cowley 13, Neosho County 6 — Game 1
Neosho County 8, Cowley 6