The Cleveland State softball team took care of business on Thursday afternoon at Lady Cougar Field as they swept a doubleheader from the Pikeville College Lady Bears.
The home team cruised to a 5-1 win in game one and Meghan Smith tossed a no-hitter at her guests in game two to highlight a 10-0 white-washing.
“Our bats were slow in game one, but we did much better in the second game,” commented Lady Cougar coach Katie Willingham. “We executed much better with runners on in the second game. We played well defensively and got great pitching especially in the second game as Meghan got her first no-hitter. Overall, it was two good wins.”
Ashlen Mitchell crushed a two-run homer to straight-away center field in the bottom of the third while another run crossed on an error for a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Bears scored their only run of the day in the fourth on a double from Amanda Sawyers. The Lady Cougars got that run back an inning later as back-to-back doubles by Shelby Hanson and Kenly Lambert plated one run.
Kenzie Fish singled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Mitchell in the sixth to finish game one. Lambert allowed only two hits in her seven innings of work to get the win for Cleveland State while Sarah Williams took the loss.
Former Walker Valley standout Sarah Goza put the home team on top in game two with a sacrifice fly in the second frame. The Lady Cougars exploded an inning later for six big runs to put the game out of reach. Mitchell started the rally with an RBI single, Sydney Howell knocked in a run while Halen Weeks joined the hit parade with an RBI single of her own and Kelly Sullins doubled in two more to push the lead to 7-0.
Kerstyn Stansberry doubled, Maura Ditto singled and Halen Weeks knocked them both in with a three-run homer that curled around the left field foul pole for a three-run homer to put the exclamation point on game two.
Now 8-6 on the season, the Lady Cougars will travel to Motlow State on Wednesday.