The cat fight between the Jaguars and the Cougars went a day early as they took advantage of the sunshine in advance of the snow flurries and frigid temperatures forecast for Saturday.
Evan Speicher put the home team on top in the bottom of the first of game one as he doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a grounder by Chase Edwards for a 1-0 lead.
The Jaguars managed to tie the game with a run in the fifth as Matt Taylor doubled and scored on a groundout. The Cougars then responded with a four-spot in their half of the fifth. Michael Hargrove started the rally with a double and scored on a single by Zach Janes. DeAndre Allen and Speicher followed that with an RBI single each to push the lead to 5-1.
A two-run dinger to right field by Pierce Ressmeyer an inning later cut the lead in half and a double from Matt Taylor cut the lead to 5-4. The Cougars got a run back in their half of the sixth as a pair of walks, a single by Janes and a wild pitch allowed the run to cross.
Things got a little tight on the home side of the park in the seventh as the Jaguars loaded the bases on three walks. Russell Melton scampered home on a wild pitch to once again trim the lead to one run, but the rally would stop there as the Cougars managed to record the final out.
Brandon Zajac picked up the win for the Cougars (5-3) while Andre Wilson got the save. Sam Bragg suffered the loss for the Jaguars.
Once again, the Cougars jumped on top with a run in their first turn at the dish in game two as Edwards singled in Allen for a 1-0 lead. But, unlike game one, the Cougars couldn't hold off their guests as the Jaguars plated four runs in the third and three more in the fourth. Ressmeyer belted his second homer of the day, this time a three-run shot to left field in the third while three singles, an error and a groundout plated the three runs in the fourth for a commanding lead.
The Cougars scratched out a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI double from Speicher and another in the sixth as Cody Hiefnar tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hargrove, but it was too little to late as the Jaguars secured game two.
Jeb Scoggins suffered the loss on the hill for the Cougars, and Thomas Huddleston tossed an inning in relief while Bobby Towne added three scoreless innings of relief as well. Dustin Beggs picked up the win for the Jaguars.
The Cougars will travel to Piedmont College on Monday.