Feb. 22, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina juniors Jared Greenwood and Mike McGowan each had three hits, while fellow junior Daniel Lindner pitched six scoreless innings to lead the Catamount baseball team to a 14-0 victory over Wright State Sunday afternoon at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. Western, winning two of the three games versus the Raiders this weekend, improves to 2-4 and Wright State falls to 1-2.
Western's defense set the tone early. After Lindner gave up back-to-back, one-out singles, the Catamounts turned an inning-ending double play. From that point on, Lindner (1-0) only allowed two other baserunners on two singles, over his six innings of work. Lindner did not allow a walk and struck out two, lowering his season ERA from 10.80 to 2.35.
In the bottom of the first, Wright State turned an early double play, leaving the bases empty for number three batter Denver Edick. Edick was hit by a pitch, Greenwood walked and Alex Gary walked to load the bases. Edick would score on a wild pitch, but Brian Sigmon would walk to re-load the bases. Designated hitter Blake Murphy followed with a walk, giving the Cats a 2-0 cushion.
The second inning was similar to the first. The Cats turned a double play in the top half and scored two runs thanks to a walk and three hit batters. Both Gary and Sigmon were credited with RBI after getting plunked in the second with the bases loaded.
Western stretched its advantage to 6-0 in the fourth thanks to a two-out, two-run double by McGowan. In the fifth, Edick had delivered an RBI single and Greenwood blasted a two-run home run, giving the Cats a 9-0 lead.
An RBI double by Chris Davis in the sixth gave put WCU up 10-0 and Western scored four runs on four hits in the seventh to provide the final 14-0 score. In the seventh, Murphy plated pinch hitter Chad McKown with a single to center. McGowan then hit the second of his two doubles on the day, scoring Brian Bowles. Brandon Zollman followed with a double of his own, driving in McGowan and Murphy for the final runs of the game.
In addition to Lindner, the Catamount bullpen combined to pitch three scoreless innings. Matt Teague worked the seventh, allowing just one hit, Brian McCullen worked the eighth in a one-two-three inning and Clint Ramsey worked the ninth, allowing just a walk.
Offensively for Western, Greenwood, who hit his second homer of the season, was 3-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. McGowan was also 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Todd Roper added two hits. Murphy and fellow freshman Zollman had two RBI each.
For the Raiders, Ross Vegedes had two of Wright State's five hits on the day. Nathan Stevens, Pat Masters and Craig Baker each had singles as well. Starting pitcher Matt Crawford (0-1) took the loss, allowing one hit, four runs and six walks in 1.2 innings.
Western Carolina will return to action with a three-game series with Wagner Feb. 28-29. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday with game one set to start at Noon and game two starting 20 minutes after the completion on game one. On Sunday, the teams will play a single game with the starting time moving up one hour to Noon.