Cleveland State picked up its fifth win in a row Friday afternoon in the first game of their weekend series with Motlow State.

The win didn't come easily though, as the Cougars had to battle back from their opponent's strong start to claim the 8-5 conference win.

"Winning the first game of the series is always a huge advantage," head coach Mike Policastro declared. "I was happy the way we battled back today after spotting Motlow four runs in the top of the first."

The temperature may be cooler tomorrow, but the action at the baseball diamond will stay hot as the Cougars and the Bucks play in a doubleheader, with games at noon and 2 p.m.

Motlow State (9-14, 2-2) took a 4-1 lead over Cleveland State (13-3, 3-1) after the first inning, but starting pitcher Hooper Mills (4-0) was able to take control for the remainder of the game.

"Hooper Mills settled in, giving up one hit through the eighth inning and struck out 10 – he retired 14 in a row," Policastro detailed.  "Caleb Collins and Greg Tye closed out the ninth inning."

The Cougars scored two runs in the second inning, then drove in three more runners in the fourth and picked up two runs in the fifth. The Bucks scored their final run in the top of the ninth.

Cleveland State had 12 hits in the game, while Motlow had only three.

"Offensively we were able to chip away with John Sharpe having three RBIs, a two-run homerun from Jordan Ransom and a homerun from Hagen Kennedy and Chase Fullington," the coach added.

Ransom's two-run homer came in the bottom of the fourth. He finished the game going 2-for-4 at the plate, with two RBIs and two runs. To date, the Cougars have had 15 homeruns and are batting .335 as a team.

Kennedy and Fullington homered in the bottom in the fifth. Both were 1-for-4 at the plate.

John Sharpe, John Hennen, Brett Browning and John Anderson each hit a double in Friday's game. Sharpe was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, Browning was 2-for-4, Anderson was 1-for-4 and Hennen was 1-for-4. is the official website for Cleveland State Athletics. You can receive updates by following the official Facebook page,, or at Twitter, @CS_Athletics.