Feb. 23, 2003
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina scored at least one run in six of its eight innings to take a 13-3 win over Wright State on Sunday afternoon at Hennon Stadium/Childress Field. With the win, the Catamounts improve to 4-5 on the year and completed a three-game sweep over the Raiders (0-3).
WCU senior first baseman Todd Buchanan led the way for the Cats for the second consecutive game. After going 3-of-3 with two home runs in game two yesterday, the Roswell, Ga., native went 3-for-4 at the plate today, including a home run, with two RBI. Designated hitter Jimmy Cochran (Charlotte, N.C./Independence HS) added two hits and three RBI.
Western scored three runs in the bottom of the first, which proved to be all it would need for the win. Todd Roper hit a leadoff double, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a passed ball. Alan Beck followed with a walk and moved to third on a Buchanan single. Rod Goldston plated Beck with a single and Buchanan scored on a Cochran's RBI ground out.
Western was held scoreless in the second, which did not happen again until the Catamount eighth. WCU scored two in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth and sixth innings. The Cats capped their scoring in the bottom of the seventh with Buchanan's fourth homer of the season.
Wright State tallied a run in the top of the fifth on a solo home run by Kirk Seddon. The Raiders made some noise in the top of the seventh, scoring a pair of unearned runs, and the eighth. However, after loading the bases with no outs in the eighth, WCU turned a double play and got a ground out to end the threat.
WCU senior Seth Foster (1-2) picked up his first win of the season. The Charlotte product gave up seven hits and one run in five complete innings with no walks and no strikeouts. Alex Obert pitched the sixth and seventh innings, surrendering the two unearned runs and four hits. Joe Camac gave up a walk and two singles to start the eighth, but worked out of the jam, giving way to Luke Miller in the ninth. Miller, a redshirt freshman, made his collegiate debut and had a 1-2-3 inning, including a strikeout to end the game.
Offensively for the Cats, Roper, Chris Davis, Beck and Brian Sigmon, who had two RBI, each had two hits. Junior transfer Carlos Garcia had an impressive debut as well, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. The short stop from Miami, Fla., also was perfect in his nine chances in the field.
For the Raiders, Chris Tuttle, Trent Matthews, Matt Barhorst, Seddon and Adam Morton each collected two hits. Barhorst drove in two runs, while Seddon's home run accounted for WSU's other score. Starting pitcher Matt Crawford (0-1) took the loss, giving up nine hits and eight runs in 3.1 innings.
Western Carolina will makeup its rain-out with Tennessee Tech this Wednesday (Feb. 26). Game time is set for 3:0 pm (CT) in Cookeville, Tenn. The Catamounts will then play seven straight at home, including a three-game set with Liberty (Mar. 1-2), a single game with UNC Asheville (Mar. 5) and a three-game series with The Citadel (Mar. 7-9).