After taking game one of the series on Friday, the Senators wasted no time in flexing their considerable muscles, taking game one on Saturday, 8-4, then finishing the day in a big way with a 10-0 lopsided win in game two.
Colin Bennett put the home team on top in game one with an RBI in the bottom of the first and Jake Farr doubled the Senator lead in the fourth with an RBI single for a 2-0 lead.
The Cougars (24-16, 10-10) took their only lead of the series in the top of the fifth. DeAndre Allen and Evan Speicher each singled and Chase Edwards “took one for the team,” getting hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dalton Rogers cut the lead in half with a sacrifice fly and Michael Hargrove put the visitors on top with a two-run single for a 3-2 lead.
The lead didn't last long, however. The Senators jumped back out front with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame on a Cougar miscue, then put the contest out of reach an inning later with four more runs. Bennett doubled in two more and Bryan Bussey plated another with a sacrifice fly as the Senator lead grew to 8-3.
The Cougars mounted a rally in their last at bat in the seventh, loading the bases on a single from Speicher, a walk and an error. Hargrove singled in a run, but the Senators managed to wriggle out of the jam with a 1-2-3 double play to end game one.
Jay Gause picked up the win for the Senators while Corey Greeson and Tyler Brosius pitched in relief. Jeb Scoggins suffered the loss for the Cougars while Tyler Kilgore pitched in relief.
The Senators finished the series in quick fashion in game two as Josh Petersen completely shut the Cougar offense down, tossing all five innings in allowing only three hits and fanning six in the short game shutout.
The home team got all the runs it needed in the second inning putting a six spot on the board. Two errors, two RBI singles and a two-run homer from former Polk County standout Jared Allen did the damage.
The Senators added four more runs in the fifth when Farr plated a pair of runs with a double and Elijah Sutherland plated one with a single to finish the day’s events and complete the sweep.
Thomas Huddleston suffered the loss for the Cougars while Derek Chandler pitched in relief. Speicher, Colby Harmon and Trey Potts had the only three CSCC hits.
Cleveland State will host Volunteer State Tuesday in a non-conference game then get ready for a weekend series with Jackson State.