Feb. 26, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Longwood pounded out 12 base hits and turned a Catamount error into two runs as the Lancers held off Western Carolina for a 4-1 victory Tuesday night in the first-ever meeting between the two nonconference foes at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.
Longwood pitching scattered eight hits and stranded 11 Catamount base runners in the win, relegating WCU to its fourth-straight loss.
Game two of the two-game, midweek nonconference set is scheduled for 4:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon. Fans can follow all of the action online with live streaming audio (free) and live GameTracker (free) on CatamountSports.com with live streaming video (subscription) through Catamount All-Access.
Senior Adam Curtis (1-1) was saddled with the loss, surrendering two runs on 10 hits through five and a third of his second start of the season. The Arden, N.C., native struck out three batters, exiting with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Freshman Jonathan Waszak tossed a career-long inning and two-thirds, posting his first career strikeout while allowing one hit. Reliever Danny Schneider made his season debut, working a career-long inning and a third of hitless, scoreless relief.
For the Lancers, starter Kyler Morgan (1-0) worked six scoreless innings in the start, fanning two against one walk while scattering five hits to earn his first victory of the season. Despite struggling out of the gates, Aaron Myers picked up his second save on the year by tossing three innings of three-hit, one-run relief, striking out two with a pair of walks.
Trailing by two runs, WCU welcomed Myers in the seventh with a lead-off double to left-center by Bryant Noteboom followed by an infield bunt single by Bradley Strong to put runner at the corners. Myers then balked, driving in what proved to be the Catamounts' lone run, trimming the Lancer lead to one, 2-1. With Strong at second base, however, Myers settled to retire three-straight Catamounts to end the threat.
Noteboom finished 2-for-4 with the double. Sophomore Austin Neary was the only other Catamount to record a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-3 also with a double.
Western Carolina (3-5) threatened in the first inning, putting runners on the corners after stand-up triple by Aaron Attaway before Tyler White legged out a dribbler down the third base line that he turned into an infield single with one out. Sophomore Jacob Hoyle then hit a ground ball to the third with the throw coming home to get Attaway out after a short pickle. White and Hoyle advanced to second and third with Neary hit by Morgan to load the bases for Cody Jones with two out. However, Longwood induced an inning-ending ground ball with a force play at second.
The Lancers got on the board first in the top of the third inning, executing a perfect hit-and-run as short stop Matt Dickason hit a line drive just over the Strong's head with the ball rolling to the right-center wall to score C.J. Roth from first, just beating the cut off relay from Strong and Adam Martin's swipe tag attempt at the plate.
Longwood (3-2) added to its lead in the top of the sixth, loading the bases on three-straight singles before a force play at the plate on a throw by Hoyle recorded the first out, but chasing Curtis. Waszak plunked the first batter he faced to drive home the Lancers' second run while keeping the bases loaded with one out. The Wendell, N.C., native then struck out Roth before getting Travis Burnette to ground out to third to end the frame, stranding three.
WCU again looked to rally with one out in the bottom of the sixth as Neary picked up the second Catamount double of the game, lacing one down the left field line to give WCU a one-out base runner. However, the home squad could not do anything with the runner at second as back-to-back infield ground outs ended the WCU half of the sixth.
Longwood stretched its lead to three, 4-1, by capitalizing on a two-base throwing error. With runners on first and second with two outs in the top of the eighth, Roth hit a ground ball to relief pitcher Bryce Danielson. After fielding the grounder, Danielson slipped on the wet infield grass with his throw to first skipping off the dirt, careening wide of Hoyle at first and rolled towards right field, bringing in both base runners.
Longwood had five players record two hits in the win with Scott Burkett and Conner Hall both finishing 2-for-3. Dickason legged out two doubles with an RBI while Hall posted the only other RBI on the bases loaded HBP.
Game two is scheduled for 4:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon.