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Cougars Shut Out, Gyrenes Pound Out 15 Hits in Loss for Cougars
Ave Maria traveled to Clearwater Christian College for the first of three games this weekend held at Frank Tack Park. The Gyrenes scored ten runs on fifteen hits, cruising for the win, 10-0.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Cougars threatened to take an early lead after junior Joel Felten led off the inning with a walk and junior Noel Thomas followed up with a single, putting runners at first and second with no outs. Sophomore Justin Capela then laid down a sac bunt, moving Felten and Thomas up a base. The Gyrenes starting pitcher Zach Quayle then retired junior Jon Rivera on a strikeout and freshman Brandon Gonzalez on a ground out, ending the threat and keeping the score 0-0.
Quayle picked up the win for Ave Maria going seven innings, striking out nine, walking two, and giving up two hits. He did not allow a run.
Cougars starting pitcher, sophomore Will Kirby, had a great start early on, and then got into some trouble in the middle innings. With two outs and no one on base in the top of the third, designated hitter Kolbe Andrade got things going with a single which was followed by short stop Alex Sanchez drawing a walk. Left fielder Gabe Loweree, third baseman Trace McDermott, and first baseman Pete Lesniewski then each hit back to back to back singles, all drawing an RBI each, making it 3-0. Kirby retired catcher Conor Sullivan on a strikeout to end the top half of the third.
After that point, Clearwater managed to scatter just two hits for the remainder of the game off the bats of freshmen Jake Reidy and Chris Zweifach.
Ave Maria put two more runs across in the fourth, two in the fifth, one in the sixth, and two in the ninth, creating a 10-0 score, which was the final.
Freshman Taylor Hill threw 1 2/3 innings in relief striking out three, and giving up one earned run and freshman Wade Irwin went three innings, striking out four, and giving up two earned runs. The Cougars pitching staff struck out thirteen Gyrenes on the night. Kirby took the loss, falling to 0-3.
The Cougars will host Ave Maria again tomorrow afternoon for a doubleheader starting at 1pm at Frank Tack Park.
Notes: Reidy extended his hitting streak to five games...the Cougars hit into three double plays....each of Ave Maria's starters recorded base hits...the Gyrenes recorded six extra base hits.
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