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Clearwater Wins Fifth Straight After 9-6 Victory Against Suns
In game two against Johnson University (FL) on Saturday afternoon, the Cougars received nine runs on twelve hits behind senior Kyle Leja's complete game on the hill.
Leja (2-2) threw seven innings, yielded thirteen hits, allowed six earned, walked one, and struck out two to earn the win.
The Suns jumped on the board in the top of the third after first baseman Ty Cherry hit an RBI single that scored second baseman Alejandro Mangelly, giving JUFL a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the third, the Cougars responded with four runs. Freshman Trevor Lancaster drove in the first run that scored senior David Edwards, who reached on a one out walk and stole second. Sophomore Emmanuel Chmielewski drove in two runs on a triple in the gap, giving CCC a 3-1 lead. Freshman Austin Yeoman, who finished 3-4 with two RBI's and a run scored, knocked in Chmielewski on a single, extending the Cougars lead to 4-1.
The Suns put together a five run inning in the top of the fourth, eliminating a shut down inning for the Cougars defense. Right fielder Adam Rasmussen quickly made it a 4-3 game after hitting a two RBI double to right center. Left fielder Brian Cabrera and Cherry each collected RBI's of their own in the inning, eventually giving JUFL a 6-4 lead. Leja ended the threat with a strikeout, stranding two baserunners.
The scoring continued in the bottom of inning, after the Cougars sent eleven batters to the plate, while being issued four free passes, and collecting three hits. Chmielewski had a two out RBI single that scored Edwards, Yeoman drove in senior Joel Felten, and freshmen Justin Holmes and Nathan Stanley each collected RBI's on free passes. Clearwater left the bases loaded, but took the lead 9-6.
After taking the lead, Leja retired the last nine of the twelve hitters he faced, including a 4-6-3 double play in the seventh.
Cherry finished 3-4 and catcher Vince Tome went 2-4 for the Suns.
Chmielewski collected three hits going 3-4 with three RBI's, two runs scored, and two stolen bases. Edwards went 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and a stolen base. In the first start of his career, Holmes went 1-3 with an RBI and a free pass.
The maroon and black are now 9-11 overall and the Suns drop to 0-15.
The Cougars continue their home stand on Tuesday night against Alderson-Broaddus University at Frank Tack Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:00pm, an hour earlier from the original start time.
NOTES: Yeoman's first three hit performance of his career...Clearwater stole five bases...longest winning streak in over twelve years according to records available, the Cougars won four straight games in 2002, 2005, and 2012 before the current five game streak took its place...Clearwater has hit .381 (53-139), scored thirty-nine runs, and stolen twenty-three bases over the course of the winning streak, along with three complete games by starting pitching...Felten is now carrying a nine game hitting streak and Edwards has a seven game hitting streak of his own...Chmielewski's three RBI's put him at eleven on the year, the current team high.
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