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Cougars Lose in 13-10 Slugfest Against Cedarville
Cedarville University returned to Jack Russell Stadium on Saturday evening for another match up with Clearwater. The Cougars, who started out the weekend 2-0, couldn't put across enough runs against the Yellow Jackets in the night cap.
On a bitterly cold night, between both teams twenty-three runs were scored, twenty-four hits were collected, eight errors were made, sixteen runners were left on base, and fifteen free passes were issued.
Coach Rebandt said, "It was a marathon. There were six half innings where at least two runs were scored, and four of those were four run innings. Unfortunately, Cedarville had three of the four, four run innings. I was pleased to see the way our guys hit the ball, but with four errors and eleven walks, its tough to win that way. We are making some good strides as a team, and hopefully with some adjustments we'll come out on top in a game like tonight."
Freshman Stephen Martin got the start for Clearwater, and completed seven innings, gave up just one earned run, walked five, and struck out two.
In the top of the second, Cedarville put together their first four run inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Martin induced a ground ball to short stop Justin Capela, who tried to get the force out on a fielders choice at second, but the runner was safe, giving Cedarville a 1-0 lead. Yellow Jackets center fielder, Chris Ward, followed the fielders choice with a double in the right center gap, scoring three runs, extending the lead to 4-0. Ward finished the day 2-5, with five RBI's, and two runs scored.
Cedarville's starting pitcher Jordan Ammon kept Clearwater's offense in check for six innings, allowing two hits, yielding one earned run, and striking out five.
The lone run given up by Ammon came after junior Jefte Velez led off the fourth with a single, and later scored on a ground ball to first base off the bat of junior Joel Felten, who collected the RBI.
Cedarville answered back in the top of the fifth, after an RBI double hit by catcher Chris Fox, that scored right fielder Logan Kasabian, extending their lead to 5-1.
Felten led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, followed by a walk to junior Noel Thomas, and then Capela was hit by a pitch. Junior Jon Rivera hit an RBI single, scoring Felten. Thomas scored on a wild pitch during freshman Peter Liloia's at bat. Freshman Chris Zweifach hit an RBI single that scored Capela, and made the score 5-4. Velez, who reached base safely in four of five plate appearances, collected an RBI in the seventh inning, to tie the game 5-5. Freshman Caleb Jordan flew out to end the inning.
Freshman Taylor Hill took the mound to start the eighth inning for Clearwater, and surrendered four runs. Kasabian, who finished 3-4 with two walks, and five RBI's, hit a three run double clearing the bases, adding to a run that was scored previously in the inning, and after the top of the eighth, Clearwater trailed 9-5.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Cougars managed to score three runs on three hits and a free pass. Liloia got an RBI single, which scored Capela, who was walked earlier in the inning. Freshman Jake Reidy and Felten both scored in the inning, on a Yellow Jackets error.
Going into the top of the ninth, Cedarville led by one run, 9-8. They added four insurance runs, coming off the bats of Chris Ward and Logan Kasabian, who each collected two RBI's on singles.
Clearwater put up a fight in the bottom of the ninth, adding three hits, and scoring two runs. Reidy and Felten knocked in a run each, Reidy's on a single and Felten's on a fielder's choice.
Yellow Jackets relief pitcher Rob Nesteroff came into the game in the ninth, throwing 2/3 of an inning, recording two strikeouts from Thomas and Capela, which ended the game, 13-10.
Clearwater is now 5-13 on the year, and Cedarville improves to 2-1 on their young season.
Freshman Taylor Hill (0-1) took the loss for Clearwater.
The Cougars have a busy week ahead of themselves, playing six games between Tuesday and Saturday, including their conference opener against defending national champion Toccoa Falls College next Thursday.
Clearwater will host Urbana University on Tuesday evening at Frank Tack with a scheduled start time of 6:00pm.
Notes: Martin matched a career high throwing seven innings...last time the Cougars scored ten runs dates back to April 14, 2012 vs. Florida Christian College...Clearwater scored twenty-five runs for the first time in a weekend since March 9-10, 2012 against Alice Lloyd College...Reidy and Velez extend their hitting streaks to career high's of eight games...Zweifach's hitting streak improves to seven games, a career high.
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