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Cougars Sweep Twin Bill On The Road
After coming off a 5-1 win in game one, the Cougars were in hopes of ending the regular season with another win before entering the NCCAA South Regional Tournament.
Once again, Clearwater jumped on top in the first inning. Sophomore Emmanuel Chmielewski hit a sacrifice fly with one out that scored freshman Tim Reidy who singled previously in the inning. The Cougars stranded two runners in the inning.
Suns center fielder Brian Cabrera laced an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 1-1.
The maroon and black answered in the next half inning as freshman Gabriel Gali hit a single and collected two RBI's. His base hit scored both senior Joel Felten and Chmielewski, as CCC took a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Suns first four hitters of the inning reached base, and cut their deficit to 3-2. With the bases still loaded and no outs, junior Will Kirby shut the door inducing a line out to center field, a strikeout, and a 6-4 fielder's choice to end the threat.
Kirby (5-5) threw a scoreless 1-2-3 seventh inning en route to a complete game victory. He allowed two earned runs on just four hits, walked three, punched out five, and shut down the top three in the Suns order as they went a combined 1-11.
Gali finished 1-3 with two RBI's and Felten went 2-4 while reaching base three times, scoring one run, and swiping one bag.
The Cougars complete the regular season with a 15-26 record. They will travel to Georgia for the NCCAA South Regional Tournament hosted at Point University on May 8-10. Stay tuned to the website, Facebook Fan Page, and @cCc_athletics Twitter account for updates regarding the Regional Tournament.
NOTES: Kirby's fifth win is a career season-high...Clearwater stole three bases, totaling ninety-two on the year...entering the postseason, seven Cougars have reached double digits in RBI's, five have reached double digits in stolen bases, and five have reached double digits in free passes...the team has now surpassed last years win total with their fifteenth win...only two pitchers were used by the maroon and black in the twin bill...eleventh time Cougars have had a game decided by one run this season.
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