EMPORIA — The Barton Community College baseball team ended the 2012 regular season with a win as they defeated Jayhawk East foe Coffeyville Tuesday afternoon 9-6 at Emporia State University’s Glennen Field.
The Cougars, who improve to 31-24 on the season, finished sixth in Region VI play at 10-18.
They will travel to Garden City this weekend to begin NJCAA Region VI Super Regional play at 4 p.m. on Saturday against the East’s third-place team, Cowley College.
The Tigers finished their regular season dropping three of four to Coffeyville earlier in the week and will enter the game with a 28-24 overall record, including a 25-11 mark in region play.
The Barton-Cowley winner will play at 1 p.m. Sunday against the winner of host Garden City and Labette. The two matchup losers will play in an elimination game Saturday night at 7 for the right to advance in the double-elimination tournament.
Winners of each of the four super regionals will advance to Wichita for the May 12-14 (Saturday-Sunday) Region VI Championship.
Barton pounded out 17 hits on the afternoon and received a solid outing from starting pitcher Brett Tunnell.
Striking out the first three batters he faced, Tunnell didn’t allow a hit and struck out five overall in his three innings of work.
Alex King and Tanner Carpenter set the stage for the Cougars scoring as the duo combined for six hits from their first and second slots in the lineup.
Carpenter’s two-out double in the third inning sparked the Cougars first two runs of the game while King’s two-out, two-run home run helped cap a threerun fourth.