The first team didn’t, “show up” in the words of a frustrated Lady Cougars coach Katie Willingham, but the second team did. The Lady Cougars lost game one 8-0 then won game two 5-3 to earn a split of the non-conference twin bill.
“The girls just didn’t show up in the first game,” said Willingham. “The tempo was slow from the get-go, and we never picked it up. The team that played in game two is the team that I expect to see every time out. They never quit and fought and played hard till the end.”
In the second game, Amber Covington blasted a solo home run in the top of the second inning to put the Lady Cougars (14-23) on top 1-0.
Gordon tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when Amanda Voyles doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Lady Cougars exploded in their next turn at the dish in the seventh. Sara O’Rear started the uprising by rattling the fence for a double and Leslie Still reached on an error. With two outs, Maura Ditto put the Lady Cougars on top with one swing of her bat, crushing a three-run homer for a 4-1 advantage. Sydney Howel put the exclamation point on the frame with a solo shot of her own which would turn out to be a big run.
The Highlanders mounted a rally of their own in the bottom of the seventh after a walk and a hit batter both came around to score on a double from Brittany Sinkfeld. But the rally ended there and the Lady Cougars held on to get the win and a split of the day’s events.
Kelsey Capella went the distance to get the win for the Lady Cougars while Whitney Parrish took the loss for Gordon.
The home team made quick work of their guests in game one. RBI singles from Emily Brown and Voyles, together with an error resulted in a 3-0 lead for Gordon in the third inning.
Olivia Wolfe and Kaydee Boyle each singled in a run in the fifth to push the lead to 5-0 while a passed ball, three walks and a single from Sinkfield finished game one in the sixth.
Wolfe twirled a two-hit shutout to pick up the win while Kelsey Haley took the loss for Cleveland State. O’Rear was the hitting star of the day for Cleveland State as she had five hits including the only two Lady Cougar hits in game one while Still was 2-for-4 in game two.
Cleveland State will host Dyersburg State this weekend for a four-game set in the last home games of the season.