LITTLE ROCK - The Tulsa Drillers took some more batting

practice to get ready for their championship showdown.

Sparked by Dan Peltier's five runs batted in and three hits

each by George Threadgill and Dan Rohrmeier, the Drillers

mounted a 16-hit attack to rout the Arkansas Travelers 14-5

Wednesday night at Ray Winder Field.

In three games over the past two days, Tulsa scored 29 runs

on 35 hits.

The victory Wednesday, combined with Shreveport's 4-3 loss

to Jackson, gives the Drillers a 3 1/2-game lead over both

the Captains and the Mets with six games remaining in the

first half. The two teams will battle for the first-half

championship of the Texas League's Eastern Division in a

head-to-head series at Shreveport, beginning at 7:35 tonight.

Tulsa's magic number is three.

Right-hander Everett Cunningham, 6-3 at Charlotte of the

Class A Florida State League, won his Drillers' debut, allowing

six hits and five runs in 52/3 innings. He gave up solo

home runs to Mike Ross in the second and Mike Fitzgerald

in the fourth.

Marv Rockman shut out the Travelers the rest of the way

for his second save.

Mike Milchin, 2-1, took the loss.

Arkansas held a 2-0 lead after three innings, but Tulsa

bounced back in the fourth, sending 12 men to the plate

and scoring seven runs.

Included in the big inning were a run-scoring triple by

Peltier and a two-run triple by Bill Haselman.

Tulsa added two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings

and closed the game with a three-run ninth.