The No. 10-ranked Cowley College baseball team improved to 5-0 with a doubleheader sweep Saturday against State Fair of Sedalia, Mo., at City Ball Park.
The Tigers won the opener 12-2 before run-ruling the Roadrunners 13-3 in the nightcap.
Cowley pounded 32 hits in the twinbill and struck out only five times in the two games.
“When you put the ball in play, good things can happen,” Cowley coach Darren Burroughs said.
After falling behind 2-0 after one half inning, the Tigers answered with three runs in the bottom of the first. Cade Stephens hit a sacrifice fly to score Tyler Halstead with the first run and freshman Michelle Artzberger delivered a two-run single.
The Tigers tacked on two more runs in the second and Blaze Brothers stroked a two-run single in a four-run fourth inning.
Cowley had five extra-base hits, including Janson Reeder’s home run. Halstead, Artzberger and Reeder had three hits apiece for the Tigers, who outhit State Fair 15-5.
Miguel Obeso (2-0) allowed two hits and two runs in 2 2/3 innings to earn the victory. Cole Miller and Hunter O’Toole combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.
“Cole and Hunter came out of the bullpen and were really good,” Burroughs said.
Adam Stephenson tossed three scoreless innings in the nightcap, and the Tigers held an early 3-0 lead.
State Fair’s Seth Kamykowski hit a three-run homer off reliever Christopher Goldston to tie the game 3-3 in the top of the fourth.
Cowley regained the lead on an RBI triple by Brothers in the bottom of the fourth and put the game away with seven runs on seven hits in the bottom of the fifth. The big hit came on a two-run triple by Carson Cox.
Halstead had an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh and scored on a single by Kade Self to finish off the run-rule win.
Stephenson (2-0) struck out five in his three innings.
“Adam’s pitch ability is really good,” Burroughs said. “He was able to throw his breaking ball where he wanted to on Saturday.”
Six Tigers had two or more hits, with Cox leading the 17-hit attack by going 3 for 5 with three RBI.
The Tigers travel Thursday to Edmond, Okla., to face Butler at noon and Redlands at 3 p.m.
Cowley 12, State Fair 2 — Game 1
Cowley 13, State Fair 3 — Game 2