Steamers clam up in Florence

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The Florence RedWolves shut out the Edenton Steamers by a score of 6-0 on Monday night, in a battle of the first half champions from their respective CPL divisions at Sparrow Stadium.

Florence improved to 4-2 in the second half and 23-11 on the season, while Edenton fell to 3-3 in the second half and 24-10 on the year.

The RedWolves were led by starter Jacob Milliman (Auburn), who threw seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven.  He also gave up his first two walks of the year.  Edenton never had more than one hit in an inning, with their hits stretched out in the first, second, third, and fifth innings.  After Milliman left the game, Jacob Condra-Bogan (Wofford) and Michael Morrison (Coastal Carolina) faced the minimum in the eighth and ninth innings to send the Steamers home.

On the offensive end, the RedWolves took an early lead after Gene Cone (South Carolina) reached on an infield hit and scored on a Dean Wilson (Oral Roberts) RBI single to take a 1-0 lead.

After stranding runners in the third and fourth, the RedWolves scored three in the fifth.  Will Foreman (TCU) hit an RBI single that scored Joseph Bialkowski (Georgetown), then Wilson and Foreman scored on a two-RBI single by Conor Sullivan (Ave Maria), and the RedWolves had a 4-0 lead.

In the sixth, Garrett Chapman (Georgia Southern) led off with a single, leading to a run on an RBI single by Bialkowski, giving Florence a 5-0 lead.  The RedWolves added to the lead in the eighth, with Cone reaching on a walk and scoring on an RBI groundout by Kane Sweeney (Morehead State), stretching the lead to 6-0.

The shutout was the third by RedWolves pitching, and the second time the Steamers have been shut out.  It also tied Edenton’s worst loss of the year. 

Milliman improved to 3-1 on the year with the win, while Jeff Stoddard (Sacred Heart) took his first loss of the year, falling to 3-1.  The seats were filled by 659 enthusiastic fans, anxious to two of the best teams in the league do battle.

The RedWolves have a day off on Tuesday, before traveling to Columbia on Wednesday to face the Blowfish, and hosting an alumni team from Francis Marion University in an exhibition Thursday night at Sparrow Stadium.

The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 69 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at
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