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Cougars Drop Friday's Contest to Suns
Clearwater traveled to Kissimmee, Florida for an afternoon game on Friday afternoon at Johnson University. In a game that lasted over four and a half hours due to a rain delay, the Suns outlasted the Cougars 15-5.
JUFL broke out for four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Adam Rasmussen collected a two RBI hit with two outs to give them a 4-0 advantage.
Trailing 5-0 heading into the top of the third, senior Joel Felten hit a two RBI double to cut the deficit to 5-2. Felten was left stranded and was one of seven runners stranded through the first four offensive frames for the maroon and black.
The Suns capped off a fifteen run game with ten runs plated between the third and eighth innings. Freshman Nathan Stanley collected two RBI's on a double of his own in the Cougars ninth and Felten drove in one more run to total three RBI's in the game after his single in the last frame.
Sophomore Brandon Gonzalez (1-7) received the loss. The Cougars fall to 13-25 on the year. Clearwater will be back in action tomorrow afternoon for the 3rd Annual Mayor's Cup as St. Pete College welcomes the Cougars at Jack Russell Stadium. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:00pm.
Tomorrow's game will also be Senior Day for Clearwater. The five seniors on the 2014 squad will be honored during pregame ceremonies starting at about 12:30pm.
NOTES: Freshman Colby Retkowski tallied his longest relief outing of his career...senior Jefte Velez made an outstanding diving catch in foul territory during the sixth inning...Clearwater leads the season series with Johnson University 2-1, with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, April 26 to finish the five game series.
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