After dropping two very close games on Friday to the Lady Pioneers, the teams split Saturday’s games by identical 2-1 scores with Cleveland State winning game one to avoid the sweep of the four-game set and the Lady Pioneers holding on to take game two.
“The scoreboard didn’t show how well we played this weekend,” said Lady Cougar coach Katie Willingham. “We swung the bats well, had amazing pitching in all four games and played good, solid defense.”
The Lady Cougars scored all the runs they needed in game one in their first turn at the plate. Sydney Howell continued to carry the hot bat, plating a run with a single. Amber Covington followed with an RBI single for a quick 2-0 lead.
The Lady Pioneers cut the lead in half in the bottom of the fourth after Megan Dattillo doubled in a run. But that would be all the home team could muster in game one. Kelsey Haley finished what she started, going all seven innings in the circle to get the win for CSCC. Ali Austin took the loss.
The Lady Cougars took an early lead once again in game two when Maura Ditto and Howell each singled in the top of the first. Covington followed up with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Pioneers scratched out a run in the third to tie the game after Jacquelyn Roland singled and scored on a double from Paige Cassidy then pushed the game winner across in the bottom of the sixth on a single, a walk and a pair of passed balls to take game two and the series.
Shelby Heath got the win for Volunteer State while Ida Watson took the loss for Cleveland State (13-22, 9-18).
The Lady Cougars will host Dyersburg State next weekend for a four-game series in their final home games of the season.