Feb. 28, 2010
Cullowhee, N.C. - Lefty Vance Chavis tossed a complete game as the Western Carolina Catamounts defeated Eastern Kentucky, 5-4, to take the series on Sunday afternoon at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. WCU out-maneuvered the Colonels (1-2) in the hit column, 11-4, as Western Carolina improved to 6-1.
Chavis, a redshirt sophomore from Laurinburg, N.C., allowed four runs on four hits with four strikeouts earning his first career complete game. The southpaw improved to 2-0, becoming the first pitcher to record a complete game since Chris Masters did so against The Citadel on March 21, 2009.
Catcher Ollie Goulder hammered his first two career home runs as a Catamount, beginning with a two-run bomb to left field in the bottom of the fourth to give WCU a 2-0 lead. Goulder followed with another two-run roundtripper in the eighth inning to give the Cats a 5-2 advantage.
Cameron Dullnig had a near-perfect day after recording a double and a pair of singles. Dullnig's double in the fifth extended the game in favor of the Catamouts, 3-0. The San Antonio, Texas native hit 3-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI.
EKU answered back, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth after Jacob Faidley and Richie Rodriguez drove in a two Colonels with a double and single to cut the WCU lead to 3-2.
In the bottom of the eighth, Goulder's two-run homer to left-center widened the gap to three. EKU rallied in the ninth as Anthony Ottrando pelted his fourth home run of the season cut Western Carolina's lead to 5-4. However, Chavis retired the final two Colonels by virtue of a groundout and strikeout to give the Catamount's the victory.
Eastern Kentucky starter Anthony Bazzani (0-1) took the loss after surrendering three runs on eight hits and three walks in four and two-thirds innings.
Sophomore Ross Heffley
inked his second multi-hit contest in the weekend series with a 2-for-4 afternoon in three spot. Tyler Kirkpatrick
improved his hit-streak to seven games with a single in the second inning.
Western Carolina will embark on a four-game road swing beginning at No. 5 Georgia Tech on Tuesday. The contest with the Yellow Jackets starts at 4:00 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. Live broadcast coverage will be available online at CatamountSports.com.