Cougars split with Jags
by By BRYAN GRISHAM CSCC Sports Information Director
Mar 21, 2013 | 342 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
COVINGTON, Ga. — The Cleveland State baseball team made the trip south to Georgia Perimeter College on Tuesday afternoon and managed a split with the Jaguars.

The Cougars banged out 11 hits in game one and withstood a late Jag rally to get an 8-6 win, but dropped a 6-3 decision in game two.

Cody McCance knocked in a run for the home team in the bottom of the second inning to start the scoring in game one. Brad Taylor and Ryan Lemonds each picked up an RBI in the third frame to put the Jags on top 3-0.

The Cougars dented the scoreboard three times in the fifth inning to tie the game. Michael Hargrove and Colby Harmon each singled to start the uprising. Zach Janes then singled in a run and two more crossed on a fielder’s choice and a costly Jaguar error.

Georgia Perimeter took the lead again with a run in their half of the fifth, but the Cougars came back to tie the game once again with a single run in the top of the seventh to force an extra inning. Harmon coaxed a walk, DeAndre Allen bunted him up a base and Keith Buckhault knocked him in with single.

The Cougars exploded for four big runs in the top of the eighth. Chase Edwards doubled and later scored on an error to start the rally, while a throwing error and sacrifice fly accounted for two more runs and an RBI single by Allen capped the rally for an 8-4 lead.

The Jags didn't go quietly as the Cougars helped start a rally in the bottom of the eighth with a walk and two plunked batters to load the bases. A wild pitch plated one run and a sacrifice fly pushed another across, but the Cougars were finally able to put out the fire and hang on to win game one.

Derek Chandler picked up the win for the Cougars (13-11) in relief of Ethan Davis who started while Bobby Towne got the save. Landon Hayes took the loss for the Jaguars (13-11).

Most of the scoring came early in game two as the Cougars put a single run on the board in each of their first two at bats. The Jaguars walked in the first run of the game as Harmon picked up an RBI the easy way and a run crossed in the second on a Jaguar miscue and a groundout from Edwards.

Taylor singled in a pair of runs for the home team in the first and then the Jags tacked on four more in the second to take a 6-2 lead. The Cougars were their own worst enemies as the four runs crossed on only two hits, two big errors, a passed ball and a groundout.

The Cougars added a run in their final turn at the dish as Edwards singled in a run, but the rally would end there as the Jags gained a split of the day’s events.

Haydn Bailey took the loss for the Cougars while Tyler Kilgore pitched five strong innings in relief. Taylor Hicks went five innings for the Jaguars to get the win while Abe Cartledge picked up the save.

The Cougars will return home for a three-game weekend series with Roane State this weekend.