Senators fillibuster Cougars
by By BRYAN GRISHAM CSCC Sports Information Director
Apr 14, 2013 | 332 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MORRISTOWN — The Cleveland State baseball team traveled north to do battle with the nationally ninth-ranked Walters State Senators on Friday afternoon for the first of a three-game Region VII Conference weekend series. The Senators scored early and often as they took game one of the set by a final score of 8-1.

The Senators gathered all the runs they would need in their first turn at the plate. Elijah Sutherland doubled in the bottom of the first and came around to score on a wild pitch while Jared Allen later followed with an RBI single to put the home team on top 2-0.

Walters State added six insurance runs in the middle innings to put the game completely out of reach. Matt Harrell singled in a run in the third and the Senators then put a four-spot on the board in the fourth as the Cougars walked in a run and then gave up a bases clearing double to Harrell to push their lead to 7-0.

After the Senators tacked on a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Bryan Bussey, the Cougars avoided the shutout with their only run of the day in the seventh. Colby Harmon singled, moved up on a wild pitch and then over to third on a single by Michael Hargrove and scored on a groundout by Cody Hiefnar to trim the lead to 8-1.

That would be all the offense the Cougars could muster against Senators starting pitcher, Taylor Patterson, who pitched a gem as he tossed all nine innings scattering only five hits along the way to get the win. Brandon Zajac suffered the loss for the Cougars while Haydn Bailey pitched in relief.