published Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Cougars win with giant rally

Cleveland State pulled out a 10-7 TCCAA baseball win Friday at Motlow State with eight runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Grant Zawadzki led off the ninth with a walk and later had the go-ahead single, making him 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Gray Hutchinson was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Trevor Burgess also had two hits, including a double in the ninth, when Brandon Rader had an RBI single and later Jaime Harper had a tying pinch-hit single after Cameron Brewster’s two-run pinch hit.

Landon Snyder was the winning pitcher in relief for Cleveland State (15-10, 5-2), and Matt Lynam got his first save of the year.

The teams play a doubleheader at Motlow today, as does Columbia State at Chattanooga State. Nationally fourth-ranked Chattanooga State won 7-5 in their Friday game.

• Lee 3, Truett-McConnell 1: At Cleveland, Ga., Shay Crawford (4-1) and three relievers held the Bears to six hits and no earned runs as the NAIA’s second-ranked Flames rose to 22-6 overall and 4-0 in the Southern States Athletic Conference. Kris Hall got the save. Cleanup man Travis Anderson batted in two of Lee’s runs, leadoff batter Seth Walker scored two and No. 3 hitter Michael Brown raised his team-best batting average to .416 by going 2-for-2 with a run.

• Bryan 7, Bluefield 5: At Dayton, Billy Veal’s three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth made the Lions 16-8 overall and 2-2 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. Kevin Layne was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs and Zach Vick also was 2-for-4 for Bryan. Zac Goodyear and Cameron Hynes each was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Bluefield, Hynes with a homer.

• Covenant 14, Hiwassee 0: At Covenant, Chattanooga Christian graduate Tyler Smith improved to 6-0 with a seven-inning one-hitter that included eight strikeouts. Harrison Fisher was 2-for-2 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs and Sterling Witt was 2-for-3 with a three-run double for the Scots (10-6), and Taylor Oldham was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer.

• Salem State 2, Sewanee 0: At Winter Haven, Fla., Franklin Pogue doubled and singled for the Tigers, but they totaled only four hits in support of losing pitcher Wilson Nealy’s solid complete game. Sewanee (6-9) faces the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts this morning.

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