Feb. 29, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. - Brian Sigmon and Alex Gary each drove in three runners, while Chris Davis, Denver Edick and Jared Greenwood had two RBI each, to lead Western Carolina to a 12-4 victory over Wagner Sunday afternoon at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. With the three game sweep this weekend, the Catamounts, winners of five straight, improve to 5-4, while the Seahawks are 0-3.
Wagner jumper out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a one-out home run by Kane Furst in the top of the first. Western answered with three runs in the bottom half. Todd Roper started the home half with a walk and later scored on an RBI double by Edick. Greenwood followed with a two-run home run, getting his third blast of the season.
The Seahawks tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fourth. Sean Furguson singled through the right side of the infield to plate Matt Mastianni, who led off with a double. A sacrifice bunt moved Furguson to second and a Joseph Malfettano single scored Furguson to tie the game.
Wagner threatened in the top of the sixth with an infield single by Furst to start the inning, chasing WCU starter Daniel Lindner. Brian Barnes entered and got Chris Dick to fly out. He then picked off Furst and, after consecutive walks, got Troy Sogluizzo to ground out and end the inning.
The Cats took advantage of five hits and a Seahawk error to score six runs in the bottom of the fifth, putting the game out of reach. Davis, Edick and Gary each had RBI singles, while Sigmon delivered a three-run home run. Western added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Davis, while tacking on two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run double by Gary.
Thanks to getting the six runs in the fifth, Barnes (1-0) was credited with the win. Clint Ramsey came out of the WCU bullpen to hold the Seahawks scoreless over the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, allowing no hits and just one walk. Brandon Nash pitched the ninth for the Cats, allowing one hit, one run and one walk with a strikeout.
Wagner relief pitcher Mike D'Angeliis (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing five hits and seven runs (six earned) in 1.1 innings. Seahawk starting pitcher Mike McTamney pitched the first four innings, allowing three hits and three runs, while walking just one and fanning four.
Western Carolina will return to action next weekend (Mar. 6-7), hosting Miami (Ohio). Earlier schedules had the three-game series being played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. However, the first two games will be a Saturday doubleheader on Mar. 6 with first pitch coming at Noon. Game two will start approximately 20 minutes after game one. Sunday's single game will start at 1 pm.