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Reidy Blasts Two Homeruns Behind Irwin's Complete Game Win
(4/13/13) On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Toccoa Falls, the Cougars looked to even the series in game two of the weekend after falling Friday to the Eagles. Clearwater sent freshman pitcher Wade Irwin (4-4) to the mound, who went the distance, throwing seven innings, allowing three earned runs, walking four, striking out three, and scattering nine hits.
The Eagles got out to an early start after designated hitter Zack Warner hit an RBI double in the first, scoring first baseman Ronnie Stewart who also doubled in the inning.
Toccoa plated another run in the third on an RBI single from third baseman Corey Warner, and scored again in the fourth as Josh Hill crossed home after Stewart knocked him in with a single.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the top of the third, freshman Jake Reidy hit a two run home run to give the Cougars the advantage, 2-1. Junior Jefte Velez scored on the home run, after being issued a walk from the Eagles starting pitcher Zach Breeden.
It was Reidy who came through again in the fourth, with the scored tied at 2-2 after Toccoa scored in the bottom of the third, as he hit a three run shot over the left field scoreboard, scoring freshmen Peter Liloia IV and Chris Zweifach. The home run gave Clearwater a 5-2 lead, which proved to be enough for the win.
Stewart's RBI in the fourth cut the Cougars lead to 5-3, but Irwin was able to shut the door for his third consecutive win in as many starts.
Junior Noel Thomas finished the game 1-2 with a pair of walks, and Liloia finished 1-2 with a hit by pitch, along with a run scored. Reidy went 3-3, scoring two runs, and collecting five RBI's on two home runs.
The Cougars are now 10-29, and 2-5 in conference play. The Eagles are now 22-13 overall, and 7-2 in the conference.
Notes: Irwin's fourth win is a team high...Reidy set a career high of five RBI's in a game...Cougars surpassed last seasons win total with the win...Clearwater has stolen 51 bases in 39 games...after combining for eight errors in Friday's game, each team committed just one error each.
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