May 22, 2004

Final Stats

Boone, N.C. - Western Carolina senior catcher Brian Sigmon went 3-for-5 with four RBI, including a three-run homer, to lead the Catamounts to a 10-8 victory over Appalachian State in game one of a Saturday doubleheader at Lackey Field. With the win, Western clinches a spot in the SoCon Tournament next week and improves to 25-27 overall and 12-16 in the league, while App State falls to 8-43, 4-24.

The Cats got on the board first, scoring three runs in the top of the second. After a walk to Denver Edick and a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Sigmon, Western had runners on the corners. Mike McGowan followed with an RBI double to left-center field. Dustin Penland brought home Edick with sacrifice fly to center, moving Sigmon to third. Junior right fielder Brian Barnes then plated Sigmon with a sac fly to left-center.

The Mountaineers answered with a single run in the bottom of the second. Justin Lee had a leadoff walk and Kevin Butler followed with an infield single. After two fly outs, one allowing Lee to move up to third, Chris Baker delivered and RBI double down the left field line.

Western padded its advantage with three runs in the top of the third, making the score 6-1. With two outs, Jared Greenwood and Edick had consecutive singles. Sigmon then cleared the bases as he lifted a pitch over the left field fence for a three-run home run, Sigmon's sixth blast of the season.

As Western did in the top of the third, Appalachian State put runs on the board with two outs in the bottom half. Brad Peisel had a double and Justin Lee followed with a walk. Butler lined a double off the left field fence, driving in Peisel. With runners on second and third, Lee scored on a wild pitch, making the score 6-3.

The Mountaineers continued to chip away at their deficit with a run in the bottom of the fourth, making the score 6-4. Baker doubled down the right field line, moved to third on the play thanks to a Catamount throwing error and scored on a Jimmy Mathias followed sac fly to center.

In the bottom of the sixth, Appalachian claimed its first lead, scoring three runs to make the score 7-6. The Apps got a leadoff walk from Baker and a single by Mathias, chasing WCU starting pitcher Caleb McConnell. Joe Norton welcomed new Catamount pitcher Brian McCullen with a sacrifice bunt to put runners on second and third. Joey Robinson then reached on a two-base error, allowing Baker and Mathias to score and tie the game. Lee then drove in Robinson with a single through the left side to take a 7-6 lead.

Western put a run on the board to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Chris Davis started the frame by being hit by a pitch. Jared Greenwood followed with a single to right. Edick moved the two to up 90 feet, setting up Sigmon's RBI single to left, tying the game at 7-7.

After a 30 minute rain delay prior to the start of the eighth, the Cats regained the lead (10-7), scoring three runs on four hits. Penland started the inning with a double to straight away center field. After a ground out, Brandon Zollman singled sharply up the middle, scoring Pendland. Todd Roper kept the inning going with a bloop triple down the right field line, scoring Zollman. Davis made it a three-run game, driving in Roper with a single to left.

The Mountaineers threatened off new Catamount pitcher Derrick Hawk, putting the first two hitters on base thanks to a double and a walk. However, Hawk fielded his position well, throwing a runner out at third on a sacrifice bunt attempt, then starting a pitcher-to-shortstop-to first base inning-ending double play.

In the ninth, App State's Taylor Craig had a leadoff double. After a strikeout and aground out, Norton doubled to plate Craig. However, Hawk got Robinson to foul out and end the game.

Hawk picks up his second save of the year, while McCullen wins his fourth straight, improving to 4-4 on the season.

Game two recap and box score for Saturday's WCU-ASU doubleheader to follow.