Cleveland State Baseball Tops Piedmont College JV In Doubleheader

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
 Sophomore catcher Cameron Payne
Sophomore catcher Cameron Payne

Cleveland State baseball took on Piedmont College's JV squad in a doubleheader on Wednesday. The Cougars swept the Lions, winning game one by a score of 10-3 and game two by a score of 9-3.

Ryan Inches was on the mound for the Cougars in game one, pitching 6 innings allowing 2 earned runs while striking out 6.

Inches received the win, moving his record to 5-1 on the season. Gunnar Norwood came on in relief for Inches, pitching 1 inning, allowing 1 earned run and a walk. The Cougars scored 10 runs off of 11 hits while also drawing 7 walks in the victory. Trey Vanderpool finished with 3 RBI's while Logan Peterson and Tucker Mendenhall each finished with 2 RBI's. Hooper Mills also collected an RBI in the first game against the Lions. Cleveland State also displayed fantastic baserunning, with Trey Vanderpool stealing a base while Brandon Mason snagged 3 bags. 

Game two had a similar result for the Cougars, finishing with a 9-3 Cleveland State victory. Jackson Etter was the starter in game two, pitching 6 innings, allowing 2 earned runs, 1 walk while striking out 5. Tyler Zak came on in relief, allowing one walk with 2 strikeouts. The Cougars had a total of 15 hits, resulting in 9 runs. Noah Hill, Hunter Oliver, Logan Peterson and Caleb Collins each had a double in the win. Trey Vanderpool, Noah Hill, Hunter Oliver, Logan Peterson and Caleb Collins each finished with an RBI while Hooper Mills finished with 2 RBIs. Cleveland State continued their momtentum on the base path, stealing a total of 7 bases. Logan Peterson, Hooper Mills and Trey Vanderpool each had a single stolen base while Noah Hill and Noah Peterson finished with 2 stolen bags each. 

The sweep moves Cleveland State's record to 20-8 (6-3) on the season, improving their road record to 8-6. The Cougars are currently on a 3 game winning streak while holding a .313 batting average, .412 on base percentage, and a .450 slugging percentage on the season. 

Cleveland State will be back in action at home on Friday in a doubleheader against Columbia State starting at 1 p.m.


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