Feb. 22, 2003
Cullowhee, N.C. -
After giving up three runs in the top of the ninth to give up a one-run lead, Western Carolina answered with three runs of its own to hand Wright State a 7-6 loss in game one of a Saturday doubleheader at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
In the ninth, Wright State (0-1) took advantage of three runs on three hits, including a two-run triple by Trent Matthews.
In the bottom half of the ninth for Western (2-5), Wayne Kilmer delivered a one-out double then advanced to third on a Todd Roper ground out. Rod Goldston kept Western alive with an RBI single to center. Senior Alan Beck, who was tabbed as having the "Best Raw Power" in the SoCon by Baseball America, lived up to the billing with a line-drive, opposite field home run into a steady wind to give WCU the win.
Each of the game's first four runs were unearned. The Cats took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a pair of errors by the Raiders. Roper a throwing error and movd to third on another throwing error. He would score on a Beck ground out.
Wright State tied the game in the third, scoring an unearned run on a Matt Barhorst RBI ground out. Western answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
In the top of the sixth, the Raiders scored twice to make the score 403. Kirk Seddon had an RBI single then, with the bases loaded, Ty Brown walked to forced in a run.
WCU releif pitcher Derrick Hawk (1-0) picked up the win, while WSU relief pitcher J.P. Jung (0-1) got the loss.
Goldston, Brandon McDowell and Kilmer each had two hits to lead WCU's offense, while Beck drove in a game-high three runs.