Feb. 8, 2003
CONWAY, S.C. - Despite a 4-for-4 performace by junior catcher Brian Sigmon, Western Carolina (0-1) dropped its 2003 season opener with an 8-3 decision at Coastal Carolina (1-0) Saturday afternoon at Charles Watson Stadium.
Western Carolina scored the first run of the afternoon in the top of the first inning when Rod Goldston, who led off the game with a double, scored on an error by the Chants' third baseman Steve Pinocchio. Coastal would then score two runs in the bottom half of the first off a two-run homer to right field by Jeff Baker.
Chad Oxendine would help CCU extend its lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning, when his single to left field plated Jeremiah Grove from third. The Catamounts would then answer with a run of its own in the fifth, when Wayne Kilmer singled in Sigmon from third.
Brett Grandstand would highlighted a three-run inning for Coastal in the sixth, with his RBI double to center field, pushing the Chanticleer lead to 6-2.
Sigmon, who added a double with his three hits, hit a solo home run to left center in the top of the ninth to lead Western Carolina offensively, while Grove and Oxendine led the Chants with two hits each.
Reliever Jake Hurry hurled 3-1/3 innings of one-hit middle relief to pick up the win, while Western Carolina starter Seth Foster suffered the loss.
The final game of the two-game series will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at Charles Watson Stadium.