The Cleveland State baseball team wrapped up its regular season on a beautiful Monday afternoon at Cougar Field with a doubleheader sweep of the University of the Cumberlands junior varsity squad.
The Cougars pushed 10 runs across the plate in game one for a 10-7 victory and Kevin Carr turned in an outstanding performance in game two as he tossed a one-hit shutout for a 3-0 win.
The Cougars struck first with single runs in the first, third and fourth innings. Three walks and a hit batsman pushed a run across in the first as Chris Caffrey picked up the RBI. A Patriots miscue plated a run in the third and Zach Janes drew a free pass and eventually scored on the back end of a double steal for a 3-1 lead.
Cleveland State exploded for six big runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach. Anthony Hunt drew a walk with the bases full of Cougars, Janes did the same and Evan Speicher followed with an RBI single. Dalton Rogers, Michael Allen and Jake Wright all chipped in with an RBI to put the Cougars on top 9-1.
The JV Patriots plated a run in the fourth on a double by Ben LeMaster and then added two more in the sixth. The visitors made things interesting in their last turn at the plate in the seventh as two singles, two walks and an error plated two runs while LeMaster and Cole Strickler singled in a run each.
The Cougars were then able to end the rally and record the last out to finish game one. Jordan Whitmire picked up the win for the Cougars while Kegan Frederick came on to get the final two outs and the save. Strickler took the loss for the Patriots.
The Cougars followed suit in game two as they put a single run on the scoreboard in the first and again in the third. Clay Hetland plated the run with a groundout in the first and Jake Wright singled in a run in the third for a quick 2-0 lead.
The home team tacked on an insurance run in the sixth as Dalton Rogers chipped in with a sacrifice fly for an RBI. That would be all the run support the Cougar pitchers would require as Brandon Leonard worked out of a jam in the seventh to preserve the shutout and get the save. Jeffery Rivera took the loss for the Patriots.
The Cougars will now turn their attention toward the TCCAA Region VII Conference Tournament.