Cullowhee, N.C. – Wofford plated two-or-more runs in five of the nine innings in Friday night’s Southern Conference series opener, handing Western Carolina a 20-5 defeat at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. The opportunistic Terriers capitalized on a combined 15 walks, four hit batters, and a dozen wild pitches issued by Catamount pitching in claiming their fifth-straight victory over WCU in the head-to-head series.
Sophomore Justice Bigbie was among the lone highlights for the Catamounts, posting a three-hit game with a pair of singles and a double in a 3-for-4, one RBI outing offensively. Classmate Will Prater drove in two on a fourth-inning single, while redshirt sophomore Kitt Capell matched his career-high with a pair of singles in a 2-for-4 showing at the plate.
Daylan Nanny extended his reached base safely streak to a now team-best 19-straight while Bigbie has reached in 18-consecutive. Justin Sparks delivered a run-scoring pinch hit single in the eighth inning, reaching for his fifth-consecutive game.
After a two-run first inning, Wofford (20-12, 3-1 SoCon) broke the game open with an eight-run second inning with seven of the 15 Terrier hits coming in the decisive frame. Wofford capped its opening barrage with a four-run third to lead 14-0 a third of the way through. WCU mounted its best charge of the day in the fourth, scoring three runs with one scoring on an Immanuel Wilder ground out and two crossing on Prater’s single.
It would be as close as WCU (12-14, 2-5 SoCon) would claw, however, as the Terriers got all three runs back in the sixth inning and eventually countered a two-run WCU eighth with a three-run ninth to provide the final tally.
Four Terriers collected multi-hit games including a three-hit, three RBI effort by Colin Davis. Brett Rodriguez finished 2-for-3 with three walks and three RBI with both Matty Brown and Mike Brown tallying a pair of base knocks in the winning effort. Brown added a pair of stolen bases on the night.
WCU starter Jacob Corn (3-1) took the loss after allowing five runs – four of which were earned – on two hits with a pair of walks and two hit batters. He was lifted in the top of the second inning with five relievers following. Freshman Davis Tyndall threw a career-long 3.2 innings, striking out four, while redshirt freshman Mitch Rogers tossed 2.1 innings in his first collegiate action of one-hit, scoreless relief.
Austin Higginbotham (6-2) struck out seven over a seven-inning effort, surrendering three earned runs on five hits with one walk. Jake Dippold struck out two in two innings of four-hit, two-run relief.
Game two of the three-game series is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.