Bears claw past Cougars, 15-6

Following a 13-run, 13-hit display Tuesday afternoon against Ohio Christian, the baseball program at Shawnee State added to its offensive outburst Wednesday as the Bears posted 15 runs on 16 hits, including a 4-for-4 outing from George Duran and multi-hit performances from Ben Sellers, Jacob Kline and Howie Rodriguez, in a 15-6 victory over Cincinnati-Clermont in a nonconference victory.

Shawnee State, who improved to 3-14 overall with the victory, posted seven extra base hits Wednesday evening — a day after notching eight extra base knocks — to keep the point throughout the duration of the contest. Freshmen Kellen Ingram, Tanner Cunningham, and Jacob Gleason combined to throw eight-and-a-third innings of two-hit baseball between them to add to the winning effort.

In the opening inning, doubles by Duran and Sellers within the opening 10 pitches of the bottom half of the first inning allowed SSU to get off and running, while an RBI groundout by Danny McGuire allowed the Bears to take a 2-0 advantage after an inning of work.

With the lead still at 2-0 heading into the game’s middle innings, Shawnee State added to its lead as the Bears tacked on additional run support for Ingram. A two-RBI single by Sellers, along with a two-RBI triple to left field by Levi Jones, led to a five-run fourth, while Rodriguez and Duran added to the lead with back-to-back RBI singles in the fifth inning to add another duo of runs — which pushed SSU’s lead to a commanding 9-0 count.

Cincinnati-Clermont was able to hang a six-spot on Shawnee State in the sixth inning as the Cougars worked back into the fray by notching two doubles and a home run with a pair of walks and a wild pitch aiding the cause, but Cunningham, who ended up working three full innings, stopped the bleeding by notching three consecutive strikes on the Cougars’ Eddie Poster.

From there, Shawnee State was able to regain control, as the Bears answered back with six runs of their own to reclaim their nine-run lead. A double by Cooper Wohlgemuth in the seventh opened the floodgates for Duran, who added in a two-run double in the frame, and Cameron Reaman, who added in a RBI base knock of his own in the same inning, to push the SSU advantage to a 12-6 margin. A RBI double by McGuire, a RBI groundout by Kline, and a RBI single by John Salyers rounded out the scoring in the eighth frame of action.

With the victory, SSU will turn its attention to its Mid-South Conference series opening matchups against Cumberland (Tenn.) on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Friday’s contest, a single nine-inning affair, will begin at 3 p.m. while Saturday’s doubleheader — which consists of two seven-inning contests — will begin at Noon.

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