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Western Baseball Edges Stetson, 4-3, on Saturday Afternoon

Feb. 25, 2006

Final Stats

DeLand, Fla. - Sophomore Barrett Shaft and junior Scott Ward both went 2-for-4 to lead Western Carolina to a 4-3 victory over Stetson Saturday afternoon in the second day of the Stetson Invitational at Melching Field.

The Catamounts (2-2) got out to an early lead on Hatter starter Brett Murphy (0-3), scoring two runs in the first with a single by Shaft and a two run home run by Steven Strausbaugh, his third on the year. Western Carolina added single runs in the sixth and eighth innings and scattered a total of 11 hits on the night.

Western starter, left hander Tyler Sexton (2-0), limited Stetson to just one run on three hits through seven innings. Stetson did score twice in the bottom of the ninth to close a 4-1 deficit down to 4-3, but could not pull even. Junior right hander Brock Thornburg pitched the final two innings to record the save.

The Stetson Invitational concludes Sunday with Illinois facing Western Carolina at Noon, followed by Stetson vs South Florida. The WCU-Illinois game can be followed on Stetson's website via Livestats at: WCU-Illinois Livestats Link (Sunday)