GREENEVILLE — The Cleveland State baseball team hit the road Wednesday afternoon for Tusculum College and came home with a split of their twin bill with the Pioneers. The home team captured game one, 6-2 while the Cougars bounced back in game two to get an 8-4 win.
Zach Janes and Evan Speicher got the Cougars off and running with a single and a stolen base apiece in game one, as the Cougars scored the first run of the day on an error to take a 1-0 lead.
The Pioneers came right back in their half of the first inning with a run when Travis Winnon doubled in a run. Tusculum added four more in the second as Andrew Bowerman singled in a pair while Jalen Shuffler tripled one home and Winnon singled one in, giving the Pioneers a 5-2 lead.
The Cougars tacked on a run in the second inning, but the Pioneer pitching staff held the visitors at bay the rest of the way to secure the win. Tyler Hall picked up the win in relief in game one for the Pioneers, while Scott Simmons started and Clark Ayers, Christian Raasch and Eddie Perkins all tossed in relief. Jordan Whitmire took the loss for the Cougars while Kegan Frederick, Matt Allen and Brandon Leonard all pitched in relief.
Janson Roberson put the Cougars on top early in game two with a two-run double in the top of the second inning. Speicher singled in a run and Jammer Strickland added an RBI to the cause as the Cougars took a 4-0 lead.
Tusculum sliced the lead to one run in the bottom of the third when Shuffler tripled in a pair of runs then tied the game in the fourth on a wild pitch.
The Cougars finally put game two on ice with another four-spot in the top of the sixth. Roberson came up with the big hit, singling in two runs while two more crossed on Pioneer miscues to put the visitors on top to stay, 8-4.
Gabe Rich picked up the win in relief for the Cougars while Raunel Perez started and Kevin Carr, Matt Roueche and Leonard all pitched in relief. Josh Jaro took the loss for the Pioneers while Griffin Ebel started and T.J. Miller, Fernando Pena, Michael Scott and Ben Cash all pitched in relief.
The Cougars hit the road for Morristown this weekend for a three game series at Walters State.