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Cougars Collect Sixteen Hits in 11-10 Slugfest Win
Clearwater traveled back to Heart of Florida Field on the campus of Webber International University for the second straight week. In a game that had three lead changes, five crooked numbered innings, twenty-five hits, and twenty-one runs plated, the Cougars edged a one run victory 11-10.
The maroon and black jumped out to an early lead in the first inning after sophomore Emmanuel Chmielewski hit an RBI single and sophomore Jake Reidy collected an RBI on a 6-3 putout, making it 2-0.
The Warriors cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the first after second baseman Ramon Sanchez collected an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
In the top of the second, Clearwater jumped out to a big lead scoring five runs after collecting six base hits in the inning. Freshman Nathan Stanley drove in freshman Gabriel Gali on a RBI single, Chmielewski had another RBI single, J. Reidy drove in his second run of the game on a double, and freshman Matt Schaefer reached on a error while collecting an RBI of his own.
Trailing 7-1 going into the bottom of the second inning, WIU didn't waste any time to get back into the game. Catcher Pedro Fernandez, center fielder Chris Suto, and Sanchez each collected an RBI a piece, making it a 7-4 game. The big swing of the inning came from first baseman Shea Cothran who hit a bases clearing double which tied the game at 7-7.
The Warriors took the lead 10-7 in the bottom of the fifth after scoring three runs, with two of those runs being drove in by right fielder Chad Buckley and the other by Fernandez, his second RBI of the game.
Clearwater climbed back to take an 11-10 lead in the top of the seventh. The inning got started with J. Reidy's single, followed by a walk issued to Schaefer. Freshman Tim Reidy drove in his brother with an RBI double, cutting the Warriors lead to 10-8. Freshman Nick Abbruzzese followed T. Reidy's double with one of his own, which tied the game 10-10. A few batters later, senior Joel Felten drove in Abbruzzese on an infield single, giving Clearwater an 11-10 advantage.
At that time, the Cougars turned the ball over to sophomore Stephen Martin (S, 1), who worked three scoreless innings of relief not allowing a hit, and striking out two. Freshman Michael Calabrese (1-0) earned the win after hurling 1 1/3 innings, not allowing a run.
Trevor Jones was issued the loss for Webber International University.
Powering the offense for Clearwater was Chmielewski who finished 3-5 with two RBI's and a run scored. J. Reidy completed his day 2-5 with two RBI's and a run scored. Stanley went 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored while Abbruzzese finished 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI's. T. Reidy, who came into the game late, went 2-2 with an RBI, a run scored, and two doubles.
With the 11-10 win, the Cougars improve to 4-8 and the Warriors drop to 9-10.
Clearwater will begin a twelve-game home stand on Friday night with the start of a three game series against visiting Cedarville University. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm at Jack Russell. The Cougars and Yellow Jackets finished the 2013 series even at 1-1.
NOTES: Gali and Schaefer collected their first career hits...Calabrese picked up his first collegiate win...Stanley's three-hit game is the first time he has reached that milestone...last time Clearwater pounded out at least sixteen hits was on March 9, 2012 against Alice Lloyd College, where twenty-one hits were collected...second time this season the Cougars have hit at least four doubles...Clearwater swiped three bases totaling twenty so far this season...first time Clearwater has scored double digit runs this season.
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