Cougars split weekend series with Dyersburg
by By BRYAN GRISHAM CSCC Sports Information Director
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DYERSBURG — The Cleveland State baseball team finished its West Tennessee road trip with a split of their Region VII Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon with Dyersburg State. After taking game one of the three game set Friday 3-2, the Eagles came from behind to win game two Saturday 6-4, before the Cougars managed to avoid the sweep by winning game three, 2-0.

The Cougars put three marks on the board in the top of the third inning in game one Saturday. Stephen Collum and Colby Harmon each singled and moved up a base on a sacrifice fly. Evan Speicher continued to carry the hot bat, promptly doubling in both of his teammates then later crossing home himself on an Eagle error for a 3-0 CSCC lead. The Eagles got one run back in the bottom of the frame when Jimbo Ramsey knocked in a run. But the Cougars countered an inning later after Ethan Davis singled and scored on a single by Harmon to push the lead to 4-1.

The lead didn't hold up for long. The home Eagles added three runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. Blake Phillips singled in a run, another run crossed on a perfectly executed squeeze bunt by Tyler Jackson and David Newel singled in the third run to tie the game at 4-4.

The Eagles went back to work in the fifth, capitalizing on a walk, a hit batter and a Cougar miscue to take a 6-4 lead. Lee Haeberle scattered eight hits over his six innings of work to get the win for Dyersburg State while Heath Petty came on to pitch a perfect seventh inning to record the save. Jeb Scoggins started for the Cougars while Haydn Bailey took the loss in relief.

The Cougars bounced back in game two of the afternoon to avoid the sweep. Thomas Huddleston turned a gem of a pitching performance going the distance, tossing a shutout and allowing only two hits along the way to get the win. Jonathan Moody was almost as good for the Eagles allowing only five hits and two runs in the Dyersburg loss.

The Cougars managed to scratch out a single run in the third inning when DeAndre Allen doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a two-out single by Keith Buckhault.

The visitors doubled their lead in the sixth after Jared Davis singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cody Hiefnar and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Hargrove for a 2-0 lead. That was all the run support Huddleston required as he finished the Eagles off to secure the win.

The Cougars travel to Georgia Perimeter Tuesday for a pair of games then host Roane State this weekend for a three game set.