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Cougars Win 2-0 Behind Kirby's Shutout

The Cougars hosted Hiwassee College on Friday night for the first of a three game series this weekend. Clearwater entered the game in search of their first victory after dropping the first two and tonight was the Tigers season opener.

Junior Will Kirby (1-0) took the mound for Clearwater and threw a complete game shutout, scattering just six hits, striking out seven, and walking one. He faced the minimum in six of his nine innings pitched and just one runner reached second base.

The Cougars left runners on base in scoring position in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings before finally pushing across two runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Sophomore Jake Reidy led off the sixth with a walk followed by a single from freshman Trevor Lancaster. After a successful sacrifice bunt from senior Joel Felten, freshman Tim Reidy hit a groundball single to left field, scoring his brother and Lancaster, giving Clearwater a 2-0 lead.

That was all Kirby needed, picking up his first win of the season. Clearwater only had five hits, but drew six free passes. MJ Mabey took the loss for the Tigers throwing three innings, allowing two earned runs on just two hits, and striking out one.

Tim Reidy led the Cougars going 2-3 with a pair of singles and two RBI's. Senior David Edwards went 1-3 with a walk after leading off the bottom of the fifth with a double.

Sophomore Emmanuel Chmielewski added his second stolen base of the season, along with Felten.

The 2-0 win advances the Cougars record to 1-2 and Hiwassee drops to 0-1 to start their season.

Game two of the three game series is set for 1:00pm tomorrow at Jack Russell Stadium. Game three will follow about a half hour after the completion of the first game of the doubleheader.

NOTES: Kirby threw the first complete game shutout of his career...T. Reidy and Lancaster both collected the first hit of their young college careers...Cougars stole two bases...Clearwater's defense turned two double plays, both on line drives...Tigers had ten ground ball outs...Cougars last three wins have all been shutouts dating back to the two shutout wins at the NCCAA DII College World Series last May.