Adam Cowart tossed a three-hitter Friday as the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes blanked the Boise Hawks, 5-0, to even the best-of-5 Northwest League Championship Series at 1-1.
Cowart (1-0) allowed a double to Tyler Colvin in the first inning and back-to-back singles to Matt Matulia -- whom he picked off -- and Colvin in the fourth. After Colvin's hit, the 23-year-old right-hander retired nine straight batters before walking Russell Canzler with one out in the seventh.
The former 35th-round draft pick finished by retiring the last eight batters.
"It feels real good to even up the series," said Cowart, who led the league with a 1.08 ERA. "This gives us a lot of confidence heading home."
Cowart, who won 10 straight decisions before losing his last regular-season start, struck out one and walked one in his first career complete game.
"I threw a lot of fastballs late in the game because my arm was getting tired. I threw 93 pitches," he said. "Normally I throw around 75 to 80. They were really aggressive. We've got a good defense and basically I trusted them to make plays."
Cowart was staked to a 2-0 lead before he took the mound. Christopher Todd singled with one out in the top of the first and Robert Felmy doubled before Ryan Rohlinger doubled home both runners.
Emmanuel Burriss smacked an RBI single in second and Felmy slugged a two-run homer in the fifth.
Felmy, Burriss and Bradley Boyer each had two of the Volcanoes' nine hits.
Hawks starter Jose Ceda (0-1) surrendered five runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. The 19-year-old right-hander struck out three and walked one before Darin Downs and Alfredo Francisco combined on 4 2/3 scoreless frames.
Game 3 is Saturday at 10:05 p.m. ET at Salem-Keizer.
Marc Jimenez is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.