Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina rallied in the home half of the eighth inning, scoring a pair of runs to send the game to the ninth deadlocked at four. However, the opportunistic Terriers capitalized on a walk and a Catamount error as a part of a three-run ninth to propel Wofford past WCU, 7-4, on Sunday afternoon at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.
Sophomore Justice Bigbie collected three of WCU’s 11 base hits on the day, finishing 3-for-5 with a trio of singles, while classmate Will Prater singled twice in a 2-for-4 showing to lead the squad. Bigbie extended his reached base safely streak to a team-long 20-straight games including a six-game hitting streak as Daylan Nanny was kept off the base paths, halting his streak at 20 consecutive.
Errors were instrumental in the first three runs of the game, two by WCU and one by Wofford. The Terriers took advantage of a two-out throwing error in the second inning, using a Matty Brown single into right field after a balk and a walk moved Colin Davis into scoring position to grab the early, 1-0, lead. WCU cashed in on a pair of Terrier miscues in the fourth to knot the game at one in the home portion of the fourth as Bigbie singled and eventually scored at the end of a pair of throwing errors.
In the fifth inning, Immanuel Wilder reached on a two-out error, ending up at second base where he was driven home on a run-scoring single by Matthew Koehler to hand the Catamounts a 2-1 lead through five.
Wofford rallied in the top of the sixth, though, with a two-out rally of its own. Three-consecutive singles plated Lawson Hill to tie the rubber match at two before the Terriers push across a pair of runs in the seventh to lead 4-2 through seven complete.
Pinch hitter Kitt Capell ignited WCU’s eighth-inning rally with a one-out single where he was lifted by Bryson Parks as a pinch runner. Prater put two aboard with a single to left field before Saturday afternoon hero, freshman Colin Bertsch, singled through the right side to send Parks home on the RBI base hit. An errant throw back to the infield allowed Prater to scamper home with the game-tying run
Catamount reliever Ty McCulloch (1-2) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs – only two of which were earned – on three hits over a 2.1 inning relief effort while walking and striking out one. Starter Joe Vranesic fanned four over his WCU-long, 6.1 inning effort, scattering five hits and four runs – three earned – on the day.
Anthony Garcia (1-2) tossed the final inning and a third of one-hit, scoreless relief with a pair of strikeouts to pick-up his first victory of the season. Starter David Yourke went four innings with four Ks and Jake Hershman struck out two in 3.2 relief innings, scattering eight hits with just three runs – one earned – allowed.
Matty Brown finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored while Hudson Byorick was 2-for-5. Hill scored twice to lead Wofford.
Western Carolina (13-15, 3-6 SoCon) steps out of conference midweek to host mountain-rival Appalachian State at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium on Tuesday evening with a 5:00 pm first pitch.