Diamond Cougars sweep visiting Vincennes
by BRYAN GRISHAM CSCC Sports Information Director
Feb 09, 2014 | 146 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print


The Cleveland State baseball team took full advantage of the 50 degree temperatures on Saturday afternoon as they welcomed Vincennes University (Ind.) to Cougar Field for a pair of games.

The Cougar bats were just as warm as the weather as the home team banged out 16 hits on the afternoon and in the process swept both ends of the doubleheader, 7-2 in the first game and 9-3 in the second.

The Cougars gathered all the runs that they would need in the second inning of game one with a five-run outburst, with the help of the Trailblazers.

Four free passes and two hit batsmen accounted for the first three Cleveland State runs, while a ringing double from Keith Buckhault plated two more for a 5-0 Cougar lead.

Vincennes scratched out a run in the top of the fourth and again in the seventh, but the Cougars countered with single runs in the fifth and sixth on a sacrifice fly from Wright Hackett and a double by Jammer Strickland to help the home team to a 7-2 win.

Keegan Frederick tossed six strong innings, allowing only one run on one hit to pick up the win for the Cougars (5-1) while Kevin Carr pitched in relief.

The Cougars picked right up where they left off by opening game two with a three-run first inning. Buckhault doubled in the first run of the frame, while Dalton Rogers and Chris Caffrey each plated a run with a groundout for a 3-0 lead.

Brad Hartman singled in a run for the Trailblazers in the second, but the Cougars got that run back in the bottom of the inning on a single from Strickland.

The Cougars then added two runs in the third and three more in the fifth. Jansen Roberson, Evan Speicher, Michael Allen and Clay Hetland all had run-scoring hits as the lead grew to a 9-1 spread.

The Trailblazers tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth, but it was too little to late as the Cougars completed the sweep.

Bobby Towne tossed five innings and allowed only three hits to pick up the win for the Cougars while Jordan Whitmire and Brandon Leonard tossed an inning each in relief. Ryan Cheek took the loss for the Trailblazers.

The Cougars and Trailblazers will play one more game today at noon.