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.
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.
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.
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