March 24, 2004
Cookeville, Tenn. - Tennessee Tech's Nathan Marty had a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Eagles (2-8) to a 13-12 victory over Western Carolina (9-14) Wednesday night at Quillen Field.
In the ninth, Tech got a lead off single by Chris Gant, then moved to second on a bunt single by Kyle Rowekamp. After a sacrifice bunt, Marty hit a one-hopper off the center field fence for the win. Marty ended the game with five hits, tying a school record, while the 24 hits by Tech was a single-game record.
Tennessee Tech jumped out to an early lead as its second hitter, Rowekamp hit his first home run of the season. After a single to left by Brandon Selvog and a double down the right field line by Marty, Brent Bilodeau drove in Selvog with an RBI ground out to short stop, making the score 2-0 through one complete.
Western answered with three runs on just one hit in the top of the second making the score 3-2. After back-to-back walks to Brian Sigmon and Alex Gary and a wild pitch, Mike McGowan had an RBI ground out to second, driving in Sigmon. A walk to Chad McKown and a wild pitch put runners on second and third. Matt Nelson singled to right, driving in Gary, and an Eagle fielding error allowed McKown to score.
The Cats padded their advantage in the top of the third, making the socre 5-2. Todd Roper started the frame, reaching on a two-base error. Two batters later, Jared Greenwood hit his eighth home run of the season, plating Roper in the process.
In the bottom of the third, Tech cut its deficit to two, 5-3. Marty had a two-out single and scored after a Bilodeau double. WCU relief pitcher Luke Miller then gave up a hit and hit a batter to load the bases, but escaped after getting Robby Adams to ground out and end the inning.
After both teams went down quietly over the next inning and a half, the Eagles made the score 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth. Marty had a one-out single and eventually scored on a single by Justin Showalter and Britt Club.
Western sent 11 men to the plate and scored six runs in the top of the sixth, making the score 11-4. Sigmon started the frame by being hit by a pitch and moved to third on an Alex Gary double. Two batters later, Sigmon scored on an RBI single to center by McKown. Nelson followed with a perfectly executed hit-and-run, scoring Gary with his single through the left side and moving McKown to third. Wayne Kilmer followed with a single to the pitcher, scoring McKown. Roper then plated Nelson with a single up the middle. Kilmer moved to third on the play and Roper moved up to second on the throw. Edick was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Greenwood promptly walked to scored Kilmer and keep the bases loaded. Sigmon was robbed on a potential double thanks to a diving play by the Tech third baseman. However, he did reach on the fielder's choice, scoring Roper.
In the bottom of the sixth, Tech scored five runs on seven hits, making the score 11-9. J.D. Druckenmiller had a lead off home run, his second blast of the season. The Eagles keep the it going with three straight singles by Chris Gant, Rowekamp and Selvog, the latter being a an RBI and chasing WCU pitcher Clint Ramsey. After new WCU pitcher Brandon Nash got a double play, Bilodeau drove in Selvog with a single and Showalter put runners first and second. Clubb then singled to right, scoring Bilodeau, and an error on the play allowed Showalter to score.
In the seventh, McKown reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on a Nelson single, pushing the Cats' advantage back to three (12-9). Western loaded the bases on back-to-back bunts, but Tech's Colt Ashman got two fly outs to escape further damage.
As he did to start the home half of the sixth, Druckenmiller had a lead off home run, this time clearing the left field fence, making the score 12-10. After a ground out, Rowekamp tripled to center. However, he was retired at home on a ground ball to third by Selvog. The Eagles would go on to tie the game at 12-12 in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run home run by Marty.
Tech relief pitcher Ashman improved to 2-1 on the season, pitching the final 3.2 innings. He allowed four hits and one run with a walk and four strikeouts.
Derrick Hawk (1-2) suffered the loss. He pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing three hits and one run with a walk. Offensively for the Cats, Nelson had three hits and three RBI. Kilmer and McGowan each contributed two hits, while Greenwood drove in three.
Western Carolina ends it five-game road swing with three games versus Davidson this weekend. On Friday, Mar. 26, the Catamounts will play their first home night game of the 2004 season, hosting the Wildcats at 7 pm. Game times for Saturday and Sunday are set for 4 pm and 1 pm, respectively.