Feb. 26, 2012
Greenville, N.C. - Western Carolina erased a five-run deficit with seven runs between the fourth and sixth innings on Sunday afternoon, but a seven-spot in the home half of the sixth propelled Purdue to a 14-7 win over the Catamounts in both squad's finale at the Ninth-Annual Keith LeClair Classic at East Carolina's Clark-LeClair Stadium.
WCU (4-3) fell behind by five runs after two innings as the Boilermakers got a solo run in the bottom of the first on back-to-back hits including an RBI double and four in the bottom of the second frame, chasing starting pitcher Jeremy Null. The Catamounts rallied, though, with three runs in the third and a four in the top of the sixth to knot the game at seven entering the bottom of the sixth.
Purdue, however, rapped out six base hits and capitalized on three walks and a hit batsman to push seven runs across in the bottom of the inning to take the 14-7 win.
Sophomore Aaron Attaway and freshman Jacob Hoyle both finished with three hits apiece to account for the bulk of the Catamount offense on Sunday afternoon. Hoyle drove in three with Attaway adding an RBI. Sophomore Adam Martin ignited WCU's sixth-run rally with a solo home run, his second of the season, finishing 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Trailing 5-0 entering the top of the fourth inning, Western Carolina got its first hit of the game as Attaway singled up the middle to start a three-run rally. Ross Heffley drew a five-pitch walk before Hoyle drove in the Catamounts' first run on an RBI single to right center. Tyler White then delivered a RBI single up the middle to plate the second run with Martin's sacrifice fly to left capping the Catamount scoring and closing the margin to two, 5-3.
Purdue (5-1) added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to stretch its lead back to four, 7-3.
In the top of the sixth, Martin sparked a four-run rally by driving a 2-0 pitch over the fence in left center to pull the Catamounts back within three, 7-4. Freshman Bradley Strong reached on a one-out error on a bunt attempt with Bryant Noteboom drawing a walk to put two aboard. Attaway then laced a two-out single up the middle to score Strong. Following a walk to Heffley to put two on again, Hoyle delivered a full-count single to center to score two and tie the game at seven.
The deadlock was short-lived, though, as Purdue used three-consecutive singles to load the bases in the bottom of the frame with a hit batsman driving in the go-ahead run. The Boilermakers tallied seven runs in all in the sixth to score the win over WCU as the Catamounts only managed three base runners in the seventh through ninth innings.
Freshman reliever Tyler Powell (0-1) was saddled with the loss, tossing one complete inning out of the bullpen. He surrendered two earned runs on two hits in relief of Null who was chased after an inning and two thirds, allowing five runs on six hits with one strikeout. Jon Nadale fanned two in two and a third innings of relief on the afternoon. All told, the Catamounts used nine pitchers in the loss, striking out eight combined including two apiece for relievers Darron Dotson and William Frazier.
Reliever Brett Andrezjewski (1-0) picked up the victory after tossing a third of an inning in the top of the sixth inning. The Boilermakers had five players record multiple-hit games led by centerfielder Tyler Spillner who finished 4-for-4 with four runs and two RBI on the day. Eric Charles and Kevin Plawecki both had three hits and three RBI while Cameron Perkins also drove in three runs.
Western Carolina returns to the diamond on Wednesday as it travels to Athens, Ga., to face the Univ. of Georgia Bulldogs in the road portion a home-and-home. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 pm.