CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Despite another strong outing on the mound from senior Stephen Procner, ClevelandState dropped the opener of a two-game set against Southeast Missouri, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon. The loss, CSU's third straight, drops the Vikings to 2-5 on the season.
Procner (0-2) gave a quality outing for the third time, but ClevelandState could not provide runs support. After going down in order in each of the first three innings, CSU got things going when junior Vasili Pahoulis reached on a two-base error by SEMO's centerfielder in the fourth inning. Junior Bobby Cash's single scored Pahoulis, but that was all the scoring the Vikings could produce.
"Procner gave us great pitching and we played great defense as a team," head coach Kevin Kocks said. "We just haven't found our offense yet."
Procner yielded three earned runs on seven hits over eight innings. He walked two and fanned one.
Senior Marc Sikora had two hits to lead the Vikings, who had six hits on the day.
The Vikings take on the Redhawks in the second game of the set Sunday at .