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Six-Run Fifth Inning Propels Clearwater to 9-4 Win
Clearwater traveled to New Port Richey, Florida to play a doubleheader this afternoon against Pasco-Hernando State College to finish the weekend series. Clearwater trailed 4-0 heading into the top of the fifth inning, but the maroon and black plated six runs in the inning, including a two run blast over the right field wall by sophomore Emmanuel Chmielewski.
The Cougars tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning after freshman Nathan Stanley and senior Jefte Velez each knocked in a run each on a pair of singles. CCC added another run in the seventh to extend the lead to 9-4 after senior David Edwards walked, forcing in freshman Trevor Lancaster from third with the bases loaded. Lancaster had singled earlier in the inning.
Sophomore Stephen Martin (4-4) picked up the win throwing a complete game, allowing four runs, three earned, scattering seven hits, walking one, and striking out five. All four runs were scored in the second inning and Martin did not allow another run across for the remainder of the game. He faced the minimum in the third, fifth, and sixth innings.
Edwards, Velez, and Lancaster each had three hit performances aiding to the sixteen hit attack from the Cougars offense. Chmielewski finished 2-4 with a run scored, two RBI's, and a home run. Freshman Gabriel Gali went 2-4 with a run scored and senior Joel Felten added two hits of his own going 2-4 with a run scored and a pair of RBI's.
The win improves Clearwater to 12-19 overall and evens the series at 1-1. PHSC is now 18-12.
NOTES: Chmielewski's second home run of his career (4/28/12 vs. Florida Christian College)...Martin's seventh complete game this season...third time this season Clearwater has collected sixteen hits (2/25 at Webber International University and 3/4 vs. Grace College)...Gali's first multi-hit performance of his career...Cougars snap three game losing streak...Lancaster's fourth multi-hit performance this season, first time collecting three hits.
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