After losing the opening game of the three-game series with the Cougars of Cleveland State 7-2, the Columbia State Chargers put together a powerful show of determination Saturday in the days doubleheader.
CSCC trailed 3-1 through four-innings in a game that would set the tone for scoring. The Chargers would finally put together an inning of timely hits scoring three to tie the contest in the sixth. The first score came off the bat of Clay Simmons as he singles in Taylor McKenney and it was 4-2. Brendan Jordan singles advancing to second as Clay Simmons scores 4-3 Cougars. Rio Russell enters the game to run for Jordan. Russell would later plate the fourth run off a passed ball.
The first game of the day moved to the seventh with the Chargers on top 4-3. CSCC’s starting pitcher Corey Herndon was pulled for reliever Chris Johnson. Johnson struggled in the seventh as Jordan Ransom scores to give Cleveland State their fourth run.
All tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh Columbia State loads the bases. Clay Simmons at first, Ryan Kemp at second and Nick Walker at third. In steps Chris Johnson and is tagged in the upper shoulder to walk in the winning run Walker.
The series nightcap would probably be the best game as it goes scoreless until the sixth inning as the Cougars plate the go-ahead run. Devin Gardner advances home on a throwing error to first by CSCC starting pitcher Jonathan Looney. The Cougars would lead 1-0.
In the Charger sixth Ryan Kemp connected for his 4th homer down the left field line, a two-run shot also plating Nick Walker. With Clay Simmons and Chase Carder on base Brendan Jordan drives in Carder making the score 3-1. The insurance run giving Columbia State a two-run lead was important. The Cougars cut the lead to one but could not pull any closer as Charger reliever Austin Reynolds, the third hurler of CSCC, ended the game with a strikeout. Columbia State upped their overall record to 23-16 and 10-8 in the conference. Cleveland State went to 27-16 overall and 14-7 in conference play.
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