Cleveland State Wins 2 of 3 In Weekend Series

Monday, May 2, 2016
Cleveland State picked up another series victory.

The Cougars won two of three games at Roane State over the weekend.

"We finished off the regular season by winning the series at Roane," said head coach Mike Policastro.

Game one was dominated by Cleveland State (30-19, 17-10), winning 12-3.  

Freshman centerfielder Devin Gardner led the charge hitting two three-run homers, tallying four hits, seven R.B.I. and coming just a double shy of hitting for the cycle.
 

Contributing to the onslaught as well was freshman catcher Hagan Kennedy, hitting two doubles and driving in three runs.  Sophomore shortstop Blake Thomas drove in two while sophomore designated hitter Austin Phillips and freshman third baseman Billy Brand each doubled.

Sophomore Drew Korzybski earned his eighth victory of the year pitching a complete game six hitter allowing three earned runs while striking out five and walking two.  

Game two went to extra innings.

"We were able to come back from a four run deficit in the seventh inning and were able to win in extra innings," said Policastro.

Roane State (22-22, 8-19) took an 8-4 lead into the final frame, but the Cougars stormed ahead scoring seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take an 11-8 win.  

Freshman first baseman Sean McDermott hit a two run double in the top of the seventh, then Brand hit a two run homer to send it to extras.

Gardner drove in three runs and freshman left fielder John Anderson drove in two.  Freshman catcher Christian Burnett hit a solo home run.

Sophomore Matt Henshaw earned his third victory of the season while Matt Roueche' got his ninth save.

Game three also went to extra innings, this time with Roane State pulling out a 7-6 victory.  

Thomas hit for the cycle, including hitting a go ahead two run homer in the top of the ninth.  The Raiders tied the game in the bottom half of the ninth and won in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the eleventh.

Cleveland State moves on to the conference tournament as the three seed.  This year's tournament is held at Columbia State Community College.

The Cougars will host Jackson State (31-22, 12-13) on Monday May 9.  Cleveland State won the regular season series 2-1.  First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.


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