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#22 SEU Sweeps Midweek Twin Bill
In the night cap at Ted A. Broer Stadium, Southeastern University broke the game open in the fourth inning and rolled past the Cougars 11-3.
SEU's Bryan Muniz continued his hot bat from game one by going 2-3 with a walk, three runs scored, and three RBI for the Fire. His first hit was a two RBI double in the bottom of the first that gave SEU a 2-0 lead. He scored later in the inning on an error.
Trailing 3-0 in the fourth, the maroon and black fought back for three runs of their own. Senior David Edwards led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Freshman Nathan Stanley reached first base on an error, but Edwards was unable to advance. After senior Jefte Velez laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Edwards and Stanley up ninety feet each, senior Joel Felten recorded a single and an RBI to cut the deficit to 3-1. Freshman Matt Schaefer drove in Stanley from third with a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 3-2, and then freshman Austin Yeoman tied the game with an RBI single to center field that scored Felten.
With two outs and no one on base in the bottom of the fourth, SEU found a way to plate four runs before making their third out. The Fire collected four hits and were issued three free passes in the inning. The threat was ended after catcher Hunter Simpson hit an RBI single to right field but Felten threw out Corbin Weeks at the plate trying to score another run on the play for a 9-2 put out.
Senior Kyle Baitz threw a scoreless fifth inning for Clearwater recording one strikeout after entering the game in the fourth in relief of starter Brandon Gonzalez. Gonzalez (1-6) finished his outing throwing 3 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, walking six, and punching out two.
In SEU's half of the sixth, they broke the game open with four more runs on four hits and a walk. Derek Pandolphi picked up the win for Southeastern.
Edwards led the Cougars offensively going 2-2 with a walk and a run scored.
The 11-3 loss drops Clearwater to 11-18 and SEU improves to 31-12.
Clearwater is in action this weekend against Pasco-Hernando State College for a home and home three game series. The Cougars will host PHSC on Friday evening at the Joe DiMaggio Complex for a 5:00pm start and then will travel to PHSC (New Port Richey Campus) on Saturday for a twin bill with the first pitch slated for 12:00pm. Friday's home game will be the last home game for Clearwater this season.
NOTES: When scoring four runs or less, Clearwater has picked up just four of the eleven wins that way...Cougars are averaging 3.45 runs per game through twenty-nine games...CCC averaging 2.24 stolen bases per game...currently three hitters hitting over .300 (Stanley, .345...Felten, .317...Holmes, .312)...Schaefer's sac fly in the fourth was his first collegiate RBI...freshman Trevor Lancaster made a diving catch in the deep left centerfield gap in the bottom of the first...Clearwater was retired in order in five of the seven innings in game two.
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