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CLEVELAND STATE BOUNCES BACK TO WIN SERIES AT ROANE

Corey Linz delivers a pitch during the second game on Saturday afternoon
Corey Linz delivers a pitch during the second game on Saturday afternoon

HARRIMAN, Tenn. – Cleveland State didn't let a loss on Friday to Roane State set them back Saturday, where they came back to win the series 2-1.

In their first game of the day, the Cougars (10-3, 2-1) notched a 5-2 win over the Raiders (11-9, 1-2) and then took the series with a 2-0 win in the second game.

"It was great to bounce back after Friday and win the doubleheader," Cougars head coach Mike Policastro said.

"We had outstanding starting pitching in both games and were in control thanks to Jake Rogers in game one and Corey Linz in game two. It gave our offense a chance to put some runs on the board in both games."

Cleveland State returns home to host Tusculum College's JV team in a doubleheader on Monday, at 1 and 3 p.m.

In game one, Rogers (3-0) pitched six innings, striking out eight and giving up six hits and two earned runs.

A sac fly by Chase Fullington and single from Devon Gardner, who was 1-for-3 at the plate, gave Cleveland State its first two runs in the first inning. Roane State cut their deficit to just one run in the second inning.

John Anderson drove in the Cougars third run in the fourth inning and then a wild pitch and single from Trey Vanderpool in the sixth inning made it 5-1. Roane State scored its final run in the bottom of the sixth.

Cleveland State had eight hits in the first game. Brett Browning was 1-for-2 at the plate, with his one hit being a double. He also scored two runs for the Cougars. John Hennen and Sean McDermott both went 2-for-4 at the plate, each scoring a run in the game.

GAME TWO

The Cougars once again had eight hits, but this time were held to just two runs. Those two runs were enough to seal the deal though, as Cleveland State held Roane State to just three hits and no runs.

Linz (2-0) pitched all seven innings and struck out three batters.

Cleveland State got its first run in the first inning after Cameron Payne reached first on a fielder's choice while McDermott was tagged out at second and Hennen ran home from third. The team's second run came from a wild pitch that allowed Gardner the chance to come in.

Hennen was 2-for-3, Billy Brand was 2-for-3, Gardner was 2-for-4 at the plate in the second game.

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