AUBURNDALE, Florida – The No. 13 FCC Cougars took care of business on Friday night by earning a DH sweep over a talented (RV) St. Cloud Technical & Community College baseball team. The story of the night was the pitching performance from FCC's Riley Grant in the second game. He punched out 16 batters to pick up his second win of the season.
# 13 FCC 7 (11-3)
(RV) St. Cloud Technical & Community College 6
FCC's Justin Acal delivered in the clutch when his teammates needed him most. The contest was tied 6-6 after five innings of play. Acal stepped into the batter's box and changed that with one swing of the bat in the top of sixth. He hit his first tater shot of the year to give the Cougars the 7-6 advantage.
Max "The Cannon" was a bulldog out of the bullpen. He struck out four batters and tossed three perfect innings to pick up his first win of the season.
#13 FCC 5 (12-3)
(RV) St. Cloud Technical & Community College 0
As the late Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray would say: Holy Cow! The game ball without question goes to FCC starting pitcher Riley Grant (2-0). He was dealing on the hill for the Cougars. Grant tossed a complete game shutout and struck out 16 batters. He handcuffed the Cyclones all night, giving up just a pair of hits. Tip of the cap for that performance on the bump.
The FCC offense got cranking right away as they put up a crooked number in the first inning. The big blow came off the bat of Kyle Schofield. With two outs in the inning, Schofield tattooed a triple, knocking in a pair of teammates. The Cougars tacked on two more runs in the sixth inning to seal the deal.
Schofield finished the game with two hits. He extends his hitting streak to four games. Teammate Brodey Neveker continues to swing the bat. He belted a triple and recorded one RBI.
FCC will work their way back to Frederick and stop off for a DH on Sunday vs. Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute. The first pitch is set for 11:00 AM.