Cleveland State Softball Wins Two

Snaps Losing Streak

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - by Bryan Grisham
The Cleveland State softball team battled a brisk wind, snow showers and the Piedmont College Lady Lions for a doubleheader sweep on a bone-chilling Tuesday afternoon at Lady Cougar Field.

The home team overcame all three elements by pounding out 27 hits to win 10-3 and 10-2 to snap a six-game losing streak..

Game One: Cleveland State 10, Piedmont 3
The Lady Cougars jumped out front with a pair of runs in their first turn at the dish in the bottom of the first inning as four singles produced the runs with Emily Huston and Hannah Powell picking up an RBI apiece for a 2-0 lead.

Three straight hits added another run for the home team in the second frame as Sara O'Rear doubled in a run. The Lady Cougars then doubled their lead an inning later as back to back doubles by Tori Roberts and Amber Swaney plated a run while a Lady Lion miscue let another run cross as the lead grew to 6-0.

Piedmont sliced the lead in half with two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth on an error, a hit batter with the bases loaded and a sacrifice fly from Sarah Walker to cut the score to 6-3.

Cleveland State put game one away with four big insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth as Huston and Powell singled in a run each and Roberts knocked another in with a sacrifice fly.

Kelsey Haley tossed seven strong innings giving up the first hit in the fifth, allowed only five hits and one earned run to pick up the win. Tori Mitchell took the loss for Piedmont while Avery Migues pitched in relief.

Huston, Miranda Smith and Perry Hindi all had three hits to pace the Lady Cougars while Powell, Amber Swaney and Baylee Carroll had two hits apiece.

Game Two: Cleveland State 10, Piedmont 2
The Lady Cougar hit paraded continued in game two as the home team picked right up where they left off with four big runs in the bottom of the first inning. Powell plated the first run with a single, Ashley Swaney followed with a short-hop off the fence for a two-run double and Carroll added a run with a single to give her team a quick 4-0 advantage.

Cleveland State tacked on two more runs in the second frame and another pair in the third as Huston and Hindi added an RBI each with a pair of two-out hits in the second and Jennifer Kern tripled in a run while Roberts singled in another for a 9-2 lead and added one more run in the fourth to finish off the sweep and the win in game two.

Piedmont got on the board in the top of the third as back to back doubles from Mitchell and Migues plated a pair of runs to cut into the lead.

Alexa Perian went the distance to pick up the win for Cleveland State (9-23) allowing only six hits while Sarah Walker took the loss for Piedmont and Kristina Coggins pitched in relief.

The Lady Cougars will travel to Jackson State for a four-game set this weekend.

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