Volunteer State scored eight of their nine runs in the first four frames as Cleveland State (24-17) has now followed their seven game win streak with four straight in the loss column.
The Pioneers put a pair of runs on the board in each of the second and third innings when Chaz Vesser doubled in a pair of runs in the second, and Janos Briscoe belted a two-run dinger in the third.
The Cougars took their only lead of the afternoon in the bottom of the second inning after three straight singles and a hit batter produced a run with Cody Hiefnar picking up an RBI. Evan Speicher added an RBI single and Chase Edwards lifted a sacrifice fly to center field while DeAndre Allen scored on an error for a 4-2 lead.
After tying the game in the third, the visitors took the lead for good with a four-run outburst in the fourth. Three straights singles and a wild pitch produced a pair of runs while Justin Motley, Josh MaCurdy and Anthony Dowling all picked up an RBI.
The Cougars got a run closer in the bottom of the fourth when Keith Buckhault coaxed a bases-loaded walk. They added one more in the bottom of the ninth when DeAndre Allen singled in a run, but it would be too little, too late as Vol State notched the win.
Cody Hartley started on the hill for the Pioneers while Robert Hansen picked up the win in relief. Cain Sloan, Evan Jones and Tanner Williams all pitched in relief. Tyler Kilgore took the loss for the Cougars while Ethan Davis, Haydn Bailey and Bobby Towne all pitched in relief. The Cougars stranded 14 runners on the base paths in the nine inning affair.
The Cougars will host Jackson State in a big Region VII Conference three-game weekend series starting Friday in their final home games of the season.