CLEVELAND - The first game of Friday's doubleheader may have gone to Chattanooga State, but Cleveland State came back to tie up the series at one game apiece.
After falling to the Tigers (13-12, 3-5) in a close 4-3 game, the Cougars (16-6, 5-3) avenged the loss with a 5-1 win in game two. The Cougars and Tigers conclude their series Saturday at noon.
"We were happy to come back and win game two behind Jake Rogers' complete game," Cleveland State coach Mike Policastro said.
"Game one was competitive, but we couldn't get enough offense going to support Hooper Mills, who took the loss."
Rogers improved to 5-0, striking out 12 batters while giving up only five hits and one run. Mills (4-2) was dealt his second loss of the season after pitching for five and a third innings.
Cleveland State and Chattanooga State both had five hits in the game, but it was the home team who was able to capitalize on those hits.
After giving up a run to the Tigers in the top of the second, the Cougars closed out the inning by putting up three runs of their own on the board. John Sharpe singled, bringing in Brett Browning and Billy Brand, while Brandon Mason scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1.
Their final two runs came in the fourth inning. This time, Brand scored on a wild pitch, while Devon Gardner's single gave Mason the chance to reach home.
Sharpe finished the game with two RBIs and two hits from four at bats.
After two scoreless innings, the Cougars had taken a 2-0 lead over the Tigers to close out the third.
Unfortunately, their guests put together a four-run inning to take a 4-2 lead after the fourth.
Cleveland State scored one more run in the sixth inning, but was held scoreless in the seventh to drop the game.
Sharpe had a two-run homer in the bottom of the third, while Hagan Kennedy's triple in the bottom of the sixth brought in a Cougar runner.
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