Cleveland State Cougars Drop Soggy Twinbill To Chargers

Monday, April 29, 2013 - by Bryan Grisham
The playoff hopes for the Cleveland State baseball team took a hit on a soggy Sunday afternoon in Middle Tennessee as the Cougars dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Chargers of Columbia State.
 
The Cougars couldn't find the handle on the wet ball at times as the Chargers used a big inning in each game to sweep the days proceedings. The Chargers came from behind twice in game one to win 9-6 and then blew the Cougars away in game two, 13-3.
 
The teams will meet one more time on Monday, with the winner making plans for the playoffs and the loser hanging up their cleats for the season.

 
Scott Gibson singled and scored on a pair of Cleveland State errors in the bottom of the first inning of game one to put the home team on top 1-0.
 
The Cougars took the lead in the top of the third as Cody Hiefnar drew a walk, J.D. Cowart singled and both scored on a single from Evan Speicher for a 2-1 lead.
 
The Chargers came right back in their half of the third as Gibson doubled in another run and scored on two more Cougar miscues for a 3-2 lead.
 
The Cougars seesawed back on top in the fifth as Speicher plated a run with a sacrifice fly and Chase Edwards added an RBI single to the cause for a 4-3 advantage.
 
The Chargers then put the game out of reach in the bottom of the frame with a six run outburst. T.J. Differderfer doubled in a run, Alex Vandohlen singled in two more, Ronnie Jebavy singled in a pair and Caleb Warnimont doubled one in as well to put the home team on top 9-4.
 
Micharel Hargrove belted a solo homer in the sixth and the Cougars scratched out another run in the seventh, but the Chargers put out the fire and took game one, 9-6.
 
Kierce Kimbel got the win for the Chargers (28-18,13-13) in relief of Tyler Stewart who started while Brandon Zajac took the loss for the Cougars (27-19,13-12).
 
The home team scored four times in the first-two innings in game two. Vondohlen singled in a run in the first inning while two errors and two RBI groundouts produced three more runs for a quick 4-0 lead.
 
Colby Harmon plated a run for the Cougars in the third with a sacrifice fly, but the Chargers exploded in the bottom of the inning for nine big runs to seal the win. Vandohlen doubled in another run, Differderfer added an RBI while three singles and three Cougar miscues added to their problems as the Columbia lead ballooned to 13-1.
 
Harmon cracked a two-run homer in the fifth, but it was too little to late as the Chargers finished the sweep in a big way.
 
Lucas Laster picked up the win for the Chargers while Thomas Huddleston took the loss for the Cougars

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