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Cougars Drop Game Three to Yellow Jackets 9-0
In game three of the series, Cedarville scored nine runs on nine hits, and got a complete game outing from starting pitcher Sean Larkin. The Cougars mustered just three hits and couldn't get a run to cross the plate.
The Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning and never looked back. Catcher Chris Fox, shortstop Marshall Johnson, and right fielder Cole Swigert all recorded RBI's in the inning on base hits. Third baseman Drew Johnson and first baseman David Lenhardt both scored in the top of the third, and center fielder Cam McWilliams drove in M. Johnson with an RBI single in the top of the fourth, extending the Yellow Jackets lead to 6-0.
After another run had crossed in the top of the fifth for CU, M. Johnson continued his big day at the plate hitting an RBI single which scored two runs, giving Cedarville a 9-0 cushion. M. Johnson finished 2-3 with three RBI's and two runs scored in his first action of the weekend.
The Cougars were issued free passes to lead off the first three innings, but none scored. Clearwater bounced into two double plays in back to back innings (2nd and 3rd), which cut down opportunities to score. Freshman Tim Reidy finished 1-2 with a walk, senior Joel Felten went 1-2, and freshman Austin Yeoman reached base twice going 1-2 with a hit by pitch.
Senior Kyle Leja (1-2) took the loss for the Cougars throwing 4 1/3 innings, allowing nine runs, six earned, giving up seven hits, walking four, and striking out two. Freshman Colby Retkowski threw a scoreless seventh in his second appearance this season.
Sean Larkin earned the complete game win for Cedarville.
The Cougars (4-11) will be back in action on Tuesday night as Grace College (IN) visits for a midweek doubleheader beginning at 5:00pm at Frank Tack Park.
NOTES: T. Reidy and Felten are both carrying four-game hitting streaks...Abbruzzese has reached base in nine of his last fifteen plate appearances carrying a .600 OBP through the past four games..looking ahead to Tuesday evening, the last time Grace and Clearwater met was in 2009, when Grace took a four game series 3-1...Clearwater will have five games next week, all at home.
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