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Cougars Take Game One Saturday Behind Irwin's Performance

On a beautiful afternoon at Jack Russell Stadium, Clearwater hosted Florida Christian College for games two and three of the weekend series. In the first game of the double header, freshman Wade Irwin threw a complete game and the Cougars offense provided enough run support for the victory.

The lone run surrendered by Irwin (3-4) came in the top of the first, after Suns first baseman Ramon Cedeno carried his hot bat into Saturday afternoon knocking in teammate Andres Cancio. Cancio doubled earlier in the inning.

Irwin kept the Suns off balance for the remainder of the game, giving up just six hits and allowing one earned run overall. He struck out one and walked two as he picked up his third victory of the season.

Trailing by a run heading into the bottom of the first, junior David Edwards led off with walk, and scored on a Suns error off the bat of junior Joel Felten.

In the bottom of the fourth, with the score knotted at 1-1, Felten led off with a bunt single, and then stole second putting himself in scoring position. Junior Noel Thomas followed Felten with an RBI double, putting the Cougars ahead 2-1. Freshman Caleb Jordan executed a sacrifice bunt, putting Thomas at third with one out. Junior Jon Rivera came through with a clutch, two out, RBI single that scored Thomas from third.

After Irwin got out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the fifth with no damage done, Edwards carried the momentum into the bottom half of the inning with a lead off double. Freshman Jake Reidy collected an RBI double scoring Edwards, and giving the Cougars an extra run to cushion the lead at 4-1.

The Cougars were able to shut down the Suns in the last two innings, and picked up the win 4-1.

The win puts the Cougars at 1-3 in conference play, and the Suns are now 2-5.

Notes: Irwin's third win leads the pitching staff...Felten's RBI is his 18th of the season and stole his tenth bag...Velez extends his hitting streak to six games and is hitting .381 over that streak.