By Don Brown
May 20, 2014
The Cougar baseball team closed out it’s regular season last Friday evening with a 3-0 shutout of the Muhlenberg County Mustangs in Greenville.
Three Cougar hurlers combined for a one hitter to improve the team’s record to 21-10 for the season. Junior lefty Wyatt Skaggs went the first three innings to earn the win, giving up no runs and no hits while striking out four and walking one.
Junior right-hander Zach Roberson took over in the fourth inning. Roberson pitched two innings, giving up the Mustang’s only hit, a leadoff single by catcher Hunter Combs in the fourth inning. Roberson walked one and struck out one during his time on the mound. Sophomore Gage Akridge pitched the final two innings, allowing no hits while striking out two.
Mustang starter and loser, Neal Kirkpatrick, pitched well, allowing just six hits, while striking out six and walking one. But the Cougars got the only run they would need in the third inning, then added two more in the fourth.
With one out in the third, Logan Ramsey walked and moved to third on an infield hit by Jameson Van Meter. Skaggs was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Alex Shellhart, who hit a fly ball to right field deep enough to score Ramsey on the sacrifice and give the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
Dylan Woodcock singled with one out in the fourth inning, and moved to third on a two-out, hit-and-run single by Dylan Yaden. Ramsey walked to load the bases for Van Meter, who hit the first pitch he saw into the gap in right-center field to plate both Woodcock and Yaden to make it 3-0. Skaggs ended the inning by grounding out.
The Mustangs threatened in the first inning against Skaggs when an error and two straight hit-batsmen loaded the bases with just one out, but Skaggs got out of the inning by getting Combs to pop out and Jonathan Duke on a come-backer.
Muhlenberg put a runner at second with one out in the second, but Skaggs struck out Kirkpatrick and got Will Broady to ground out to end that threat.
Combs singled leading off the fourth against Roberson, then stole second base to put a runner in scoring position with no one out. But Roberson got Jonathan Duke to pop out and Michael Walker to fly out to left before striking out Nick Huff to end the inning.
The Mustangs put a runner on in the seventh with one out against Akridge, but the lefty got Kirkpatrick to ground to Yaden for a game-ending double play.