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COUGARS DROP CONFERENCE SERIES TO CHATTANOOGA STATE

Coach Mike Policastro congratulates Cameron Payne on the first of his two home runs on Saturday.
Coach Mike Policastro congratulates Cameron Payne on the first of his two home runs on Saturday.

After splitting games on Friday, Cleveland State ultimately dropped their series to Chattanooga State with a loss on Saturday.

In a game where a total of 36 runs were scored, the Cougars (16-7, 5-4) fell 22-14 to the Tigers (14-12, 4-5).

"They were able to capitalize on all of their scoring opportunities," coach Mike Policastro said. "We were not able to hold them down in their scoring innings and played from behind all day."

Chattanooga State had a 3-0 lead after the first inning, transitioning that to a 5-0 lead in the top of the third. Cleveland State answered by tying the game up to close out the inning.

The tied game was short-lived, as the Tigers picked up six more runs in the fourth inning and allowed the Cougars only one more.

Down 11-6, Cleveland State held Chattanooga State off the board in the fifth inning and scored three runs to make it a two-run game.

Both teams put an addition run up on the board in the sixth inning, with the Tigers taking a 14-7 lead in the seventh.

Chattanooga State scored eight more runs in the eighth inning, while Cleveland State managed to bring in only three more runners. The home squad picked up one more run in the bottom of the ninth.

Cameron Payne went 3-for-6 at the plate, with five RBIs and scored three runs. Two of his three hits were home runs. Sean McDermott was 3-for-6 on Saturday, with two RBIs and scored three runs. McDermott also had a homerun in the game. Brett Browning went 2-for-3, one of which was a double, and had three RBIs.

Cleveland State travels to Tusculum College on Wednesday for a doubleheader at 3 and 5 p.m.

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