Cleveland State Lady Cougars Take Game 1 Of Series With Dyersburg In Big Way

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - by Bryan Grisham
The Dyersburg State baseball team finally shoveled enough snow off the field on Sunday afternoon to get in a little baseball as Cleveland State made it's way to the far northwest corner of the State for a big Region VII Conference series.
 
The Cougars announced their presence with authority by pounding the Eagles into submission as they backed starting pitcher Bobby Towne with a 15 hit attack on their way to a 10-1 win.
 
The visitors collected all the runs they would need in their first turn at the plate in the top of the first inning with a six-run outburst.
A double by Evan Speicher and a pair of free passes to Jammer Strickland and Jake Wright loaded the bases for Dalton Rogers who singled in a pair of runs.
 
Zach Janes and Brock Johnson then plated another run each with a single apiece while a run crossed on an Eagle miscue and Janson Roberson capped the rally with an RBI single to put the Cougars on top 6-0.
 
Strickland singled in a run in the third to add to the Cougar lead, and the Eagles scratched out their only run of the afternoon in the bottom of the frame as Adam Wyse singled in the run.
 
The Cougars tacked on three insurance runs in their half of the eighth. Speicher added two more marks to his RBI totals with a ringing single and Janes ripped another single through the hole to plate Speicher to finish the scoring and secure the win.
 
Towne (4-1) turned in an outstanding performance on the mound for the Cougars (11-7, 4-3) tossing seven strong innings, scattering four hits and only one run to get the win. Raunel Perez and Matt Roueche' tossed a scoreless inning each in relief. Nolan Smith took the loss for the Eagles (11-7) while Cody Smith and Casey Pope pitched in relief.
 
The Cougars and Eagles will finish the three-game set with a doubleheader on Monday.

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