Cleveland State Wins At Volunteer State

Sunday, March 16, 2014 - by Bryan Grisham
The long ride home from Volunteer State on Saturday night was a little more pleasant for the Cleveland State baseball team and especially head coach, Mike Policastro as the Cougars managed to salvage the third game of a three-game Region VII Conference weekend series with the Pioneers.
 
After dropping both ends of a twinbill on Friday to the Pioneers, the Cougars got up off the mat and took game three by a final score of 8-5. The visitors banged out 11 hits and held off a late rally by the Pioneers while Josh Morgan tossed a gem on the mound as the Cougars held on to win the game.
 
Cleveland State jumped on top with a three-run uprising in the top of the second inning. A pair of walks came back to haunt the Pioneers as Cole Baxley plated a run with a sacrifice fly to left field, Janson Roberson doubled in another and Jammer Strickland singled one home for a 3-0 lead.
 
The Cougars tacked on a run an inning later as Zach Janes knocked in a run with a single and the visitors added a run in the seventh on a solo homer from Evan Speicher and three big insurance runs in the eighth. Two hits and a free pass put Cougars on every base for Wright Hackett who cleared the bases with a ringing double to extend the lead to 8-1.
 
The home team got their first run in the sixth as Adam Brown coaxed a walk with the bases full of Pioneers and then in their last at-bat in the ninth Volunteer State maded things interesting as Charlie Pal dialed long distance for a grand slam homer to cut the lead to three runs. But, the rally would end there as the Cougars finally recorded the last out to hold on for the win.
 
Morgan (4-2) picked up the win for the Cougars (13-12, 5-7) allowing only four hits and one run in his six innings of work while Jake Wright tossed the final three frames in relief. Kida De La Cruz took the loss for the Pioneers while Austin Dyer and Evan Jones pitched in relief.
 
The Cougars will host Piedmont College on Tuesday and then jump back into conference play next weekend as Columbia State comes to town.

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