With its season on the line, the No. 2-seeded Cowley College baseball team blasted 15th-seed Pratt 15-1 in the rubber game Sunday at the best-of-three NJCAA Region VI Playoffs at City Ball Park.
The Tigers (41-12) advanced to face No. 7-seed Cloud County at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Eck Stadium on the campus of Wichita State University. The Thunderbirds (33-22) swept No. 10-seed Allen in the first round.
Sophomore Brannon Jordan tossed six scoreless innings Friday in a 5-2 win of the series opener. Jordan (8-2) allowed four hits, while striking out seven and walking two.
Clinging to a 1-0 lead, sophomore Cody Milligan hit a three-run double in the bottom of the eighth to help to bust the game open. Milligan was one of four Tigers to finish with two hits.
Things did not go as well Saturday, when the Beavers evened the series with a 13-6 win.
Cowley starter Cole Larsen (8-2) allowed seven runs, five earned, in five innings as the Beavers (26-31) led 7-0 before Milligan hit a two-run double in the bottom of the fifth to put the Tigers on the board.
Pratt scored six straight runs to lead 13-2 before the Tigers answered with four in the bottom of the ninth.
Sophomore right fielder Parker Dunn went 3 for 4.
The Tigers wasted no time taking control Sunday.
Sophomore Grady Davenport hit a two-run single in a four-run first inning and added another two-run single in a 10-run second to help the Tigers to a 14-0 cushion.
“Take your hat off to Pratt, they took it to us on Saturday,” Cowley coach Dave Burroughs said. “Thankfully, we rectified things on Sunday.”
Sophomore Andrew Roach (6-3) allowed one run on four hits in four innings to earn the win, and Hunter O’Toole, Miguel Obeso and Ethan Swanson each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.
“Roach set the tone and all three relievers pitched good,” Burroughs said.
Milligan went 3 for 4 with three runs from the leadoff spot and finished the series 7 of 11 with six RBI. Milligan leads the Tigers with a .433 average, 50 RBI and 72 runs. He has also been successful on all 26 stolen-base attempts.
“I am glad he is on our team,” Burroughs said. “He is a really good player.”
Cloud County finished in fourth place in the Jayhawk West and is riding a three-game winning streak.
“Cloud has got a good club,” Burroughs said. “It will be a battle. We will need to show up ready to play.”
Cowley 5, Pratt 2 — Game 1
Pratt 13, Cowley 6 — Game 2
Cowley 15, Pratt 1 — Game 3