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Cougars No-Hit in 5-0 Loss
Toccoa Falls College traveled to Clearwater, Florida as both teams opened up South Region conference play. The Eagles starting pitcher, Dylan Charles threw a complete game no-hitter in the opening game.
The no-hitter was Charles' second of his college career, and kept Clearwater off balance with six strikeouts. Only two Cougars reached base over seven innings, which were a walk issued to freshman Jake Reidy and an error on Toccoa's first baseman that allowed sophomore Justin Capela to reach base.
Clearwater's starting pitcher Will Kirby threw a complete game, allowing two earned runs, scattering five hits, walking two, and striking out three.
The Eagles jumped on the board in the top of the second inning after a two RBI single off the bat of catcher Adam Reynolds that scored both designated hitter Zack Warner and first baseman Ronnie Stewart. Warner had reached base on an error to start the inning and Stewart was hit by a pitch.
In the top half of the fourth, third baseman Corey Warner reached base on a walk to start the inning. After two quick outs, it looked like Warner may end up stranded, but right fielder Jonah Crenshaw hit a triple to the right center gap that scored Warner, making it a 3-0 game. Reynolds then reached on an error that scored Crenshaw from third, extending the Eagles lead to 4-0.
Stewart collected an RBI single in the fifth that scored second baseman Josh Ward, giving Toccoa another insurance run and a 5-0 lead.
Charles retired the last ten Cougars hitters he faced in a row, and finished his no-hitter on a ground out to shortstop Jordan Couillard off the bat of junior Joel Felten.
Toccoa leads the season series 1-0, and is now 1-0 in the conference.
Clearwater drops to 0-1 in conference play.
Notes: Kirby threw his first complete game of the season...Zweifach, Velez, and Reidy's hitting streaks were snapped...three of the five Eagles runs had reached base on an error or free pass...Clearwater turned one double play.
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