CSCC Sports Information Director
DYERSBURG — The Dyersburg State baseball team finally shoveled enough snow off the field Sunday afternoon to get in a little baseball as Cleveland State made its way to the far northwest corner of the state for a big Region VII Conference series.
The Cougars announced their presence with authority by pounding the Eagles into submission, backing starting pitcher Bobby Towne with a 15-hit attack on their way to a 10-1 win.
The visitors collected all the runs they needed in their first turn at the plate with a six run outburst. A double by Evan Speicher and a pair of free passes to Jammer Strickland and Jake Wright loaded the bases for Dalton Rogers, who singled in a pair of runs.
Zach Janes and Brock Johnson plated a run each with a singles while another run crossed on an Eagles’ miscue. Janson Roberson capped the rally with an RBI single to put the Cougars on top 6-0.
Strickland singled in a run in the third to add to the Cougars’ lead. The Eagles scratched out their only run of the afternoon in the bottom of the frame when Adam Wyse singled in the run.
The Cougars tacked on three insurance runs in their half of the eighth. Speicher added two more marks to his RBI total with a ringing single and Janes ripped another single through the hole to plate Speicher, finish the scoring and secure the win.
Towne (4-1) turned in an outstanding performance on the mound for the Cougars (11-7, 4-3) tossing seven strong innings while scattering four hits and only one run to get the win. Raunel Perez and Matt Roueche' tossed a scoreless inning each in relief. Nolan Smith took the loss for the Eagles (11-7) while Cody Smith and Casey Pope pitched in relief.
The Cougars and Eagles will finish the three-game set with a doubleheader today.