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KC Cougars

Late comeback propels Cougars to sweep

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – It’s a good thing the Cougars played nine innings Wednesday, because they might not have captured their seventh straight win.

After playing three straight seven-inning games because of a rain-shortened game and a doubleheader, the Cougars came from behind in the top of the ninth inning against the Hot Rods for a 6-2 win at Bowling Green Ballpark.

Bowling Green’s Andrew Hanse was productive in his first two innings of relief for Bowling Green before he took the mound for the ninth with the Hot Rods leading, 2-1. Ben Carhart and Yasiel Balaguert quickly started the rally with back-to-back singles to lead off the inning for the Cougars (10-3).

Two batters later, David Bote tied the game with a single to bring home Carhart. Danny Lockhart followed with an RBI single of his own to give the Cougars back the lead, 3-2. Shawon Dunston Jr. (single) and Trey Martin (double) followed with run-scoring hits, and Carlos Penalver coaxed a bases-loaded walk two batters later.

The Hot Rods (2-10) got to Cougars right-hander Tyler Skulina in the sixth inning and forced him out of the game. Tyler Bremer (1-0) earned the win, pitching 12/3 scoreless innings, giving up a walk, a hit and striking out two batters.

The Cougars are off to their best 13-game start since the 2008 club opened 12-1. The team is set to resume its road trip at 6 p.m. today, as they begin a three-game series at Dayton.

The Cougars’ Daury Torrez (1-0, 4.35 ERA) will oppose the Dragons’ Amir Garrett (0-1, 3.60).

The game can be heard on AM-1280 WBIG and kccougars.com.

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