The Cleveland State Cougar baseball team finally got just enough snow shoveled off the field on Saturday morning to open the 2014 season as they welcomed Roane State to town for a pair of non-conference games.
The Cougars had very few problems along the way as they swept the twinbill by tossing a shutout in the first game 5-0 and then run-ruling their guests in game two, 12-2.
Pitching and timely hitting led the Cougars to a win in game one as Kegan Frederick tossed five strong innings of one hit ball to pick up the win while Gabriel Rich came on and slammed the door in the final two frames to get the save.
The Cougars broke the ice with a run in the third as former Walker Valley Mustang, Chris Caffrey singled in a run for a 1-0 lead.
Cleveland State gave their pitchers all the run support that they would require an inning later as Dalton Rogers doubled in a run, Anthony Hunt singled one in and two more crossed on a mis-played fly ball to right field as the Cougar lead moved to 5-0.
Caffrey and Hunt paced the cougars with two hits each while J.T. O'Reel had the only hit for the Raiders.
The Cougars carried the hot bats right over into game two as they hit their guests with an six run bottom of the first.
Keith Buckhault got the Cougars off and running with an RBI double, Caffrey followed with an RBI double and Rogers added a double of his own to make it 3-0. Zach Janes got in on the double fun with a two-run double to push the lead to 5-0. A pair of walks, a hit batsman and an RBI single from Jammer Strickland finished the frame and gave the Cougars a commanding 6-0 lead.
Janes and Jared Davis drove in a run each an inning later as the Cougar lead grew to 8-0.
The Raiders finally got the egg off their side of the scoreboard in the top of the fifth as Andrew Henson smashed a solo homer and Landon Bryon knocked in a run. But, the Cougars would put the game completely out of reach in the bottom of the frame with four more runs as Jake Wright singled in a pair of runs and Rogers added another to help the Cougars cruise to the win.
Cleveland State will travel to Rome, Georgia on Sunday for a pair of games at Georgia Highlands and then return home to host Tusculum College on Tuesday.