4 Cougars Toss No Hitter To Start Season

Wednesday, February 06, 2013
HARRIMAN - Sunshine and temperatures in the mid 50's to start the baseball season in early February would be more than one could ask for, but that was the case as the Cleveland State Cougars opened their 2013 baseball season on the road at Roane State. The Cougars looked to be in mid-season form as they swept a doubleheader from the Raiders, 6-0 in the first game and 8-3 in the second.

Any coach would take a shutout to start the season, but four Cougar pitchers topped that in the first game as Thomas Huddleston, Brandon Zajac, Bobby Towne and Andre Wilson combined to toss a no-hitter.
The Cougar hurlers struckout seven and walked five as they completely dominated game one, start to finish.

"Couldn't ask for much more to start the year, it was a really good start," stated Cougar coach Mike Policastro. "The four guys came out and combined to throw a no-hitter, threw strikes and really didn't have more than one runner on at any time."

Game one remained scoreless until the fourth frame when the Cougars put a five spot on the board. Zach Janes got things started in the top of the fourth with a single and later scored on a two run double by Chase Edwards. Dalton Rogers and Colby Harmon each took one for the team and later scored on an RBI single from DeAndre Allen. A two-run single from Janes finished the outburst as the visitors took a 5-0 lead.

Cody Hiefnar doubled in a run an inning later which would be more than enough run support for the Cougar hurlers as Andre Wilson finished the deal by retiring the side in the seventh to put game one in the books. Zajac recored his first win as a Cougar while Brock Simon took the loss for Roane.

The Cougars jumped out to an early lead in game two and never looked back. An error, a wild pitch, a balk and an RBI single from Michael Hargrove added up to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Janes lifted a sacrifice fly in the second frame to push the Cougar lead to 4-0.

The visitors tacked on two more in the fifth as Edwards doubled in a run and Hiefnar singled in another while two Raider miscues accounted for a single run in the sixth and seventh.

The Raiders finally broke through with a single run in the sixth on an RBI single by Clay Fielden and then added two more in the seventh as Max Valenti and Blake Paschal singled in a run apeice.

Jeb Scoggins started and picked up the win for Cleveland State (2-0) in game two, Derek Chandler tossed two scoreless innings while Tyler Kilgore and Jordan Whitmire tossed the final three frames. Casey Howard suffered the loss for the Raiders.

"I think we wound up with 18 hits on the day and you'll take that any time, especially first time out," Policastro continued. "We kind of broke things open in the first game with a five run inning and then scored early in the second game. Overall a good day and hopefully we can continue to build on this and get better as we go."

The Cougars now turn their attention to the home opener at Cougar Field on Saturday with a 1:00 twinbill and Sunday for a single game at noon with Vincennes University.

Shorter Wins 4-2 Over Lee

The Shorter University Hawks celebrated homecoming afternoon with a 4-2 victory over the Lee University men's soccer team at the Ben Brady Field on Friday . The win allowed the Hawks to improve to 5-4-0 in the important Gulf South Conference (GSC) race and 7-9-1 overall. The Flames slipped to 7-8-2 in overall play and dropped to 2-6-1 in the GSC. Lee will close out the regular ... (click for more)

Boyd Bucs Blank Silverdale, 46-0

Junior E.J. Matthews rushed for 161 and one touchdown and Jeremy Borders scored on a punt return as visiting Boyd Buchanan defeated Silverdale, 46-0,  t o claim the District 5-A football championship Friday night. Senior Austin Jackson also scored three rushing touchdowns as the Bucs gained 328 yards on the ground (8.4 avg per carry). The Blue and Gold defense held ... (click for more)

Chickamauga Lock To Reopen As Soon As Next Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District  plans to reopen Chickamauga Lock to all navigation traffic as early as next Thursday. An inspection of the upper gate anchorage and a repair plan were completed today. Chickamauga Lock closed on Monday after a routine inspection revealed a crack in the anchorage of the upper gate. Lt. Col. John Hudson, commander ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In November

As the first day of November arrives today, it is cold enough in my garden to officially certify that fall has fell! There are even signs of ice on the ground but there is a bounty crop of acorns so, in keeping with our monthly tradition, some will get shiny acorns and others will get a chunk of cold ice: A SHINY ACORN for Patriots football coach Bill Belichick for scoffing at ... (click for more)