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Eagles Soar Past Cougars in First Game of Weekend Series

At Eagles Stadium, on the campus of Toccoa Falls College, the Cougars played the host for the first of three games this weekend.

Toccoa put together three big innings in the first, third, and fifth. The Cougars allowed seventeen hits, committed four errors, and surrendered thirteen runs in the 13-1 loss.

Sophomore Will Kirby (2-8) had the ball in game one, going 2 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs of which five were earned, on nine hits, and no walks. He struck out one in the loss.

Eight of the Eagles nine starters recorded hits, including Josh Ward, who had a 3-5 game, collecting two RBI's and a run scored. Ronnie Stewart went 2-4, but reached four times, and knocked in three RBI's.

The Cougars couldn't muster anything together although the Eagles pitching staff gave up seven free passes, including three to leadoff hitter David Edwards, who finished 0-1, with a run scored. Toccoa also allowed four errors in the game, but Clearwater only collected four hits. Two of the Cougars four hits saw the hitter thrown out trying to stretch singles into doubles.

Freshman Jake Reidy went 1-4 with an RBI. Freshman Garrett Johns threw two innings of relief, not allowing an earned run, and striking out one. Taylor Hill also appeared out of the pen, going 1 1/3 innings, allowing three earned on five hits, and no walks.

The Eagles starter Dylan Charles picked up the win, his second against Clearwater this year, hurling five innings, giving up one earned run, and struck out four.

Clearwater is now 1-5 in the conference, and 9-29 overall. Toccoa Falls College locked up the #1 seed for the NCCAA DII South Regional with the win Friday afternoon.

These two teams will be back in action tomorrow afternoon with a double dipper starting at 1:00pm, back at Eagles Stadium.

Notes: Cougars pitching staff did not allow a walk...Noel Thomas, Justin Capela, and David Edwards reached base three times each...six of the seven walks Clearwater was issued were to left-handed hitters.