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 April 11, 2013

The Cleveland State Cougars ran their win streak to seven games on Wednesday afternoon as they swept a doublheader from the University of the Cumberlands at Cougar field. The Cougars took a lopsided 10-4 decision over the Patriots in game one and then finished the sweep with a 3-1 win in game two.

The Patriots struck first with a run in their first turn at the plate as Brian Cabrera singled and scored on a double from Josh Perez for a 1-0 lead.

The Cougars took the lead in the second frame with a four spot. Michael Hargrove, DeAndre Allen, Keith Buckhault and Chase Edwards all chipped in with an RBI as the home team took a 4-1 lead. Allen singled, stole a base and later scored in the fourth as the Cougars extended their lead to 5-1.

The Patriots got to within a run in the top of the fifth as Perez belted a three-run homer over the left field fence to trim the lead to 5-4.

The Cougars would have none of that though, as they exploded for five big runs in their half of the fifth. Allen knocked in two more runs with a double, Evan Speicher singled in another while two more crossed on an error and a sacrifice fly for a 10-4 lead.

Ethan Davis tossed four innings for the Cougars (24-13 ) to get the win while Derek Chandler, Haydn Bailey and Andre Wilson pitched an inning each in relief. Landon Case took the loss for the Patriots.

The Cougars jumped on top in game two with a run in the bottom of the second inning without the benefit of a hit. Colby Harmon reached on an error and came around to score on a grounder to first by Randall Coley for a 1-0 lead.

The Patriots managed to tie the game in the top of the third as Blake Castator doubled and later scored on a grounder to second by Brian Cabrera.

The Cougars regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth as J D Cowart reached on an infield single and Zach Janes reached on an error and both came around to score on an error and a balk to give the home team a 3-1 advantage.

That would be all the run support that starter, Tyler Kilgore would need as the Cougar hurler scattered three hits over his five innings of work to pick up the win. Jordan Whitmire tossed a hitless inning in relief while Bobby Towne came on to pitch the seventh and get the save.  Joel Rasario took the loss for the Patriots.

The Cougars will now travel to Morristown for a three-game weekend series with Walters State.

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