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Bobcats Pound Out Thirteen Runs in Cougars Loss
The Cougars traveled to Miami Gardens to take on St. Thomas University for a midweek game on Tuesday evening.
St. Thomas, who entered the game 23-8, scored four runs in three different innings, along with a run in the bottom of the seventh to end the game in a run rule shortened game.
Right fielder Ricky Claudio, knocked in a run in the bottom of the first on an RBI double off Cougars starting pitcher Taylor Hill, giving the Bobcats an early 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Giovanni Zayas, the designated hitter, hit a three run home run over the left field wall, expanding their lead quickly to 4-0.
The Cougars plated in a run in the top of the third inning, after freshman Chris Zweifach walked to lead off the inning. He stole second, which was his first of four stolen bases on the night, putting himself in scoring position. Junior David Edwards followed with a bunt single, and Zweifach was able to score on a throwing error by the St. Thomas third baseman.
The Bobcats put across four more in the third, after a couple free passes were issued to start the inning, a defensive error, and then two base hits. Third baseman Michael De Jesus, second baseman Miquel Jimenez, center fielder Adam Duarte, and right fielder Ricky Claudio each collected an RBI in the inning.
In the Cougars half of the fourth, Peter Liloia IV, who finished 2-3 with an RBI, singled scoring junior Noel Thomas. Thomas reached earlier on a single of his own. The Cougars scored again in the fifth inning, after Zweifach reached on an error, and scored later when junior Jefte Velez was thrown out at second trying to swipe a bag, but allowed Zweifach to steal home on the throw.
St. Thomas scored four more runs in the sixth, extending their lead to 12-3, and scored the game ending run in the seventh on an RBI single from Steven Rodriguez.
Hill (0-3) took the loss after throwing three innings, surrendering six earned, allowing five free passes, and yielding seven hits. Junior Kyle Baitz and freshman Garrett Johns both made appearances out of the bullpen, combining for 3 innings pitched, five earned runs, six free bases, and five hits.
Kevin Quintana earned the win for St. Thomas, going five innings, walking three, allowing six hits, and giving up one earned run.
St. Thomas improves to 24-8 on the season, and Clearwater is now 6-22 after the 13-3 loss.
The Cougars will host Florida Memorial University (5-25) this weekend for a three game series at Jack Russell Stadium. Game one is scheduled for Friday night at 7:00pm.
Notes: Cougars turned two double plays...Zweifach set a career high with four bases stolen in a game...Clearwater scored in three consecutive innings for the sixth time this season...Cougars pitching staff combined for eleven free passes...Cougars hitters struck out just one time, lowest game total this season.
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