April 24, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. - Chris Mason scattered six hits and three walks en route to a complete-game shutout as UNC Greensboro (25-10, 10-7 Southern Conference) defeated Western Carolina (17-23, 7-13 SoCon) 7-0 Saturday afternoon at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
Mason, who did not allow a Catamount past second base, improved to 4-1 on the year, striking out four. Offensively for the Spartans, Justin Crist had two hits and three RBI.
In the top of the fourth, UNCG broke the scoreless tie with one run. Jeremy Roulin drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on a error during a failed pickoff attempt. Two batters later, Crist got the Spartans' first hit of the game, driving in Roulin on the play.
In the eighth, the Spartans took advantage of a second Catamount error and four hits to make the score 5-0. Ryan Galligan started the frame by reaching on an error. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an RBI double down the right field line by Jesse Lavender. Roulin singled to drive in Lavender and Ryan Gordon followed with a double to put runners on second and third. After driving in the first run of the game, Crist brought home the fourth and fifth runs of the game with a two-run single to left.
UNCG padded its advantage in the ninth (7-0), scoring two runs on three hits. Jay Maule, Galligan and Nate Alden each had consecutive singles, the last being a two-run RBI to center.
Catamount starting pitcher Brad Josey pitched 8.0 innings, allowing six hits and five runs (three earned) with just one walk and six strikeouts. Despite the solid effort, the junior suffered the loss, falling to 3-4 on the season. Western was led offensively by Brian Sigmon, who had two hits.
Western Carolina and UNC Greensboro will warp up their three-game set on Sunday at 1 pm. After the game, all kids are invited on Childress Field to run the bases and get Catamount autographs as part of Little League Day.