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Cedarville Tops Clearwater 3-2 After Another Last Inning Rally
The Yellow Jackets came from behind once again in the last inning to claim a 3-2 win. The Cougars took a 2-1 lead into the top of the seventh, but Cedarville pushed two runs across to take a 3-2 advantage, which remained as the final.
Sophomore starting pitcher Stephen Martin (1-2) took a 2-1 lead into the top of the seventh. The only run allowed by Martin to that point was a solo home run off the bat of Yellow Jackets first baseman David Lenhardt in the top of the fourth. CU's Jaden Cleland led off the seventh inning by being hit by a pitch which was followed with a single from second baseman Zach Huskey. Nathan Bancroft, who pinch ran for Cleland, scored on a ball that went off the glove of Cougars catcher Nick Abbruzzese to tie the game at 2-2, with one out. Martin retired Cedarville's center fielder Cam McWilliams on a 4-3 putout, which advanced Huskey to third base. Huskey scored the go-ahead run in the same fashion that N. Bancroft did, which gave CU a 3-2 lead. Martin retired left fielder Dan Larkin on strikes to finish the inning.
Clearwater wouldn't go down easily, stranding runners at first and third to end the game. Abbruzzese was hit by a pitch to start the inning and freshman Tim Reidy hit a one out single, putting runners at first and second with one out. Senior Joel Felten bounced into a 4-6 fielder's choice, but allowed Abbruzzese to advance to third. With two outs and runners at the corners, Yellow Jackets closer Tyler Hurt induced a game ending pop up off the bat of sophomore Emmanuel Chmielewski.
The Cougars were on top early after a sacrifice fly from freshman Matt Schaefer that scored T. Reidy in the bottom of the first inning, giving the maroon and black a 1-0 lead. After the solo shot from Lenhardt to tie the game at 1-1 in the fourth, Clearwater bounced back in the bottom of the fifth to take a 2-1 advantage after Felten laced an RBI single to center field, scoring freshman Nathan Stanley.
T. Reidy finished 2-3 with a walk and a run scored, Felten went 1-3 but reached base three times, and Stanley was walked twice and scored a run.
Martin took the loss, throwing a complete game, scattering seven hits, allowing three runs, two earned, walking none, and striking out eight.
David Bancroft picked up the win for Cedarville.
The Cougars are now 4-10 overall and Cedarville improves to 4-2.
NOTES: Martin's third complete game in as many starts, currently holding a 1.08 ERA and not walking a hitter through twenty-five innings...T. Reidy's third multi-hit performance this season...thirty-four runs were scored in the two games between Cedarville and Clearwater in 2013, so far through two games in this three game series only twelve runs have been scored...Lenhardt's home run is his second of the year already for Cedarville.
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