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Clearwater Tops #25 Gyrenes 2-0
On Saturday morning the Cougars squared off with nationally ranked Ave Maria University at Bowie’s Ballpark for game two of the three game series. Coming into game two, the Gyrenes lead the series 1-0.
Sophomore Stephen Martin (1-1) set the tone on the mound, throwing a complete game shut out, surrendering four hits, striking out four, and walking none. Martin faced the minimum in five of the seven innings he threw.
The Gyrenes had just two runners reach second base. In the third inning, the blue and green led off with a double to right field off the bat of Tommy Lentine, but he was picked off second base. The next two were retired to end the potential threat. Martin got out of another jam in the fourth inning with runners at first and second by inducing a fielder’s choice.
Clearwater got on the board in the top of the second inning with an RBI off the bat of freshman Nick Abbruzzese that scored freshman Austin Yeoman who reached earlier in the inning on a hit by pitch, giving the Cougars a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, senior Joel Felten led off the inning with a walk. After a throwing error on a pick off attempt, Felten reached third base, and scored on an RBI single from sophomore Emmanuel Chmielewski, extending the lead to 2-0.
Clearwater threatened to break open the scoring in the top of the seventh after freshman Trevor Lancaster hit a one out double, senior Jefte Velez reached on an error, and senior David Edwards walked to load the bases. The Gyrenes called on relief pitcher Taylor Walker with two outs, who picked up a strikeout to end the inning unscathed.
Martin retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to seal the 2-0 win.
Lancaster led Clearwater offensively going 2-3, with a double.
The Cougars improve to 3-5 with the win and the Gyrenes drop to 9-4 overall.
NOTES: The Cougars past five wins have been shutouts dating back to last May at the NCCAA DII College World Series…Martin has thrown two complete games in as many starts this season…Lancaster collected the first double of his career…first time Clearwater has beaten a Top 25 Nationally Ranked NAIA program, according to records available…Cougars evened series at 1-1 with the win…Cougars starting pitching has thrown forty-four of the last forty-seven innings.
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