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Baseball Headlines (2010-2011)

Rebandt Named New Baseball Coach
(6/8/11) CCC Athletic Director James Whitaker announced that Josh Rebandt has accepted the position of head baseball coach.

Cougars to Play for National Championship
(5/13/11) Clearwater Christian College defeated Dallas Christian College 8-6 to advance to the National Championship round of the NCCAA College World Series. The Cougars came from behind with a huge 5 run sixth inning to eliminate the Crusaders. Clearwater will play fellow South region rival Toccoa Falls College for the championship on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Cougars Advance on Vasquez Homer in Extra Innings
(5/12/11) Clearwater Christian College defeated Atlanta Christian College 5-4 in 10 innings to advance at the NCCAA D2 College World Series in Mason, Ohio. Tied at 3-3 in the top of the 10th inning, Matt Vasquez hit a dramatic 2 run home run to lift the Cougars to the win.

Atlanta Beats Clearwater in Second Regional Game
(4/30/2011) After a thrilling win the night before the Cougars knew they were facing a tough team that had been dominate most of the year. The storyline was almost identical to last years regional tournament. Clearwater came into the game having thrown 2 solid pitchers and lacking a third to get the job done as Kirkley has been inactive to start since the Toccoa Falls series back in March. Atlanta took advantage early opening up a 4-1 lead in the 1st inning. Once again Isaiah Marsh was called on for his third straight day of relief appearances. Marsh held Atlanta in check most of the game as the Cougars allowed only 3 runs the rest of the game. Marsh was replaced by the up and rising freshman pitcher Luke Brigham who finished off the final innings in a strong stance holding Atlanta to 7 runs. The solid outing by Atlanta's Jacob Moore kept Clearwater from getting any run support for the Cougars as they dropped yet another disappointing regional championship to the Chargers with a final score of 7-1.

Clearwater Wins at Baseball Regionals
(4/29/2011) The highly anticipated elimination game of the Regional Tournament came around with Atlanta Christian beating Toccoa Falls handily in the winner's game. Clearwater came in ready to go, starting freshman lefty Spencer Nunez on the mound in hopes that his continued strong performances would continue and get Clearwater into the championship game.

Toccoa Takes First Regional Game
(4/28/2011) The first game of the 2011 NCCAA South Regional Tournament went under way in dramatic fashion on Friday as Casey Nunez hit a huge shot over the left-center field wall for his first home run of the year, giving the Cougars an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Toccoa battled back with 2 runs in the bottom of the first as the Eagles continued their hot hitting for a 12-game winning streak, which they continued with Friday's game, winning 3-1.

Cougars Drop First to St. Leo
(4/8/2011) Clearwater opened up their first series at NCAA II opponent, St. Leo University. Starting pitcher Spencer Nunez kept the Cougars in the game the first 4 innings, but several key hits by the Lions gave the home team a 5-0 lead that could not be overcome.

Cougars Shut Out By St. Leo
(4/9/2011) The second game of the series against St. Leo progressed much like the first for the Cougars as they struggled to get any offense going to back the pitching. Once again, the boys managed only five hits against a solid performance by the St. Leo pitching staff. The home team seemed to see the ball well, driving in 11 runs on 10 hits with a big ho

Cougars Score Win Against TFC
(3/12/2011) The Cougars jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in Saturday's game against Toccoa Falls College. Pitching was strong as freshman Kyle Baitz took the mound, in what would be a no-decision 5-4 win, with errors keeping the visitors in the game.

Cougars Take First Game Against Geneva
(3/14/2011) Clearwater continued their dramatic winning streak against NCAA III opponent Geneva College with a 6-5 win.

Close Game Against Geneva College
(3/14/2011) The Cougars had another close game on Monday against rival Geneva, with a final score of 3-4.

Heartbreaking Loss to Toccoa Falls
(3/12/2011) Clearwater finished off a week of regional play against the Eagles of Toccoa Falls College in a game that ran a final score of 1-7 (Cougar loss).

Cougars Take Second Game from Atlanta
(3/8/2011) In game two of Tuesday's 2-1 win against Atanta Christian College, Clearwater sent their All-American ace Brent Kirkley to the mound for his first regional start of the season.

Cougars Drop First Game to Atlanta
(3/8/2011) The Cougars opened up regional play Tuesday night against defending national champions Atlanta Christian College, dropping the first game with a score of 3-6.

Cougars Drop Second Game in Goshen DH
(3/4/2011) The home team continued their tough play into the second game against Goshen, once again getting an early lead that held until the later innings.

Cougars Win Game One of Goshen DH
(3/4/2011) After coming off of a tough Thursday, the Cougars looked to bring the intensity into Friday's matchup against Goshen College (NAIA). The Cougars showed their hunger for a win, jumping out to an early 2-0 lead.

Game Two in Cedarville Doubleheader
(3/3/2011) The second game of a doubleheader normally shows a team's true colors, and it was no different for the Cougars as they took an early 5-0 lead into the 4th inning of game two in the DH against Cedarville.

Game One in Cedarville Doubleheader
(3/3/2011) The Cougars once again faced an NAIA foe this week, going up against the Cedarville Yellow Jackets. Billy Couchenour had a good night on the mound, but the defense could not make the necessary plays to keep the Jackets off the board as 7 runs went up, only 3 of them earned.

Cougars Make Close Game, Lose to Fire
(3/1/2011) Facing a rival always brings a great game, and Tuesday's matchup was no different as the rivalry was once again renewed between the Southeastern University Fire and the Cougars. Both sides came out blazing, resulting in a high-scoring game.

Cougars Drop Series to Truett McConnell
(2/26/2011) After a shutout first game in Saturday's doubleheader, the Cougar baseball team hoped for a redeeming second chance, but were unable to catch up.

Heartbreaker in Game One of DH
(2/26/2011) After a heart-breaker the night before, the Cougars appeared to be feeling the effects as the visitors from Truett McConnell threw a no-hitter with 2 pitchers, winning 10-0 in game one of Saturday's double-header.

Cougars Drop Close Game to Truett McConnell
(2/25/2011) The Cougars opened up a 3-game series against a new NAIA opponent, Truett McConnell College. Getting off to a great start, Brent Kirkley led the charge as Clearwater took an early 8-0 lead.

Second Game of DH/Northwood
(2/19/2011) Cougars fight hard in second game against Northwood University but drop the game with a final score of 6-4.

First Game of DH/Northwood
(2/19/2011) Cougars display great pitching but have a harder time at the plate.

Great Pitching, Unfortunate Loss to Webber
(2/15/2011) The Cougars traveled to Webber International University for Tuesday's game, as the team looked for another win to start of the 2011 season. Key first inning at bats helped propel Clearwater to an early lead. Casey Nunez anchored the Cougars in batting with two big hits that kept the game close until the later innings. Pitching was once again the strength of the defense as Billy Couchenour had a great night on the mound, going 4 innings with 7 strikeouts.

Cougars Clinch Northwood Game
(2/18/2011) The Cougars gave another great display of pitching talent at Friday's game against Northwood University. Freshman Kyle Baitz went 6 2/3 innings allowing only 2 runs. Going behind 2-0 in the first inning, the team battled back with several consecutive hits that put them back on top late into the game.

Cougars Drop Second Game to AMU
After a great first game in Saturday's double header against Ave Maria University, the Cougars looked to sophomore Josh Williams to add to the great pitching of the day. He put in one of his best performances of the season and gave the team a great chance to win against a hungry Ave Maria team. However, defense proved to be the difference with 3 costly errors in the 5th inning putting the game out of reach.

Baseball Claims First Victory
(2/12/2011) Cougars claim first win of season against Ave Maria University.

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