Seven became the lucky number for the Cleveland State baseball team on Wednesday afternoon as they hit the road for a pair of games with the University of the Cumberlands. The Cougars ran their win streak to seven in a row by sweeping a doubleheader from the Patriots, 13-5 in the first game and 11-4 in the second.
The Cougars got off the bus with their bats in their hands and got the day off and running with six big runs in their first turn at the plate. Clay Hetland plated a pair of runs to start the scoring outburst, while Jared Davis knocked in a pair with one swing for a two-run dinger as the visitors jumped out to a 6-0 lead.
Janson Roberson and Zach Janes singled in a run each as the Cougars scored three times in the third, Jammer Strickland plated a pair of runs with a double in the fifth and Roberson singled in two more in the sixth to round out the scoring for Cleveland State.
The Patriots plated a run in the first, added three more in the third on a pair of wild pitches and a fielders choice and added another run in the seventh on a groundout, but it wasn't enough as the Cougars took game one.
Former Bradley Bear, Jordan Whitmire tossed five strong innings for the Cougars (20-15) to get the win allowing only five hits and two earned runs. Matt Roueche and Kevin Carr pitched and inning each in relief. Russ Kaesar suffered the loss for the Patriots.
Three straight walks with two outs in the top of the first inning put Cleveland State in business to start game two. Brock Johnson then picked up an RBI the hard way by getting plunked with the bases full of Cougars to give his team a 1-0 lead.
The Patriots took their only lead of the afternoon in their half of the first as Jon Leonard pushed a run across with a grounder to second base and Logan Simpkins singled in another to give the home team a brief 2-1 lead.
The Cougars quickly recaptured the lead with eight big runs over the next three innings including a five run explosion in the top of the second. Janes drew a free pass with the bases loaded and Evan Speicher cleared the bases with a triple in the second, another bases juiced walk in the third pushed a run across and Janes and Speicher added another RBI apiece to their totals in the fourth to extend the Cleveland State lead to 9-2.
Ben LeMaster and Leonard each plated a run for the Patriots in the bottom of the fifth, but the Cougars got those two runs back in their last at-bat in the seventh as Johnson singled in two more to finish game two and the sweep for Cleveland State.
Raunel Perez picked up the win for the Cougars while Kegan Frederick, Jared Davis and Brandon Leonard all pitched in relief. Lu Reynolds took the loss for the Patriots.
The Cougars will host Motlow State for a three game series on Saturday and Sunday starting at noon.