March 3, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Jacob Hoyle went 5-for-8 with two home runs, nine RBI and two doubles while also picking up his first collegiate pitching victory assisting the Catamounts win both games of Sunday's doubleheader over Hofstra, 7-6 and 6-2.
In game one, Jacob Hoyle's four RBI and a four-run fifth inning lifted the Catamounts (6-6) past Hofstra (3-7), 7-6, to even the series at a game apiece. Danny Schneider picked up his first win of the season while Tyler Powell notched his second save.
Hoyle led the WCU offensive attack as the left fielder went 3-for-4, a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Aaron Attaway - who also homered - had a multi-hit game for the Catamounts with a single to go along with his homerun.
The Catamounts got on the board first for the second straight game in the series as Jacob Hoyle hit his first homerun of the season, picking up two RBI as he brought in Cody Jones who was hit by a pitch.
With runners on the corners for Hofstra first baseman Jared Hammer, the Pride executed a perfect hit-and-run with Kenny Jackson taking off to second as Hammer sent the ball to center field, just out of the reach of the WCU center fielder, Cody Jones, scoring the first two runs for the Pride.
In the bottom of the third, the Catamounts answered as Jacoby Hoyle picked up his third RBI of the game, knocking a hard hit double down the right field line to score Aaron Attaway from third giving Western Carolina a 3-2 lead.
Hofstra began the fourth with a lead-off triple to right field by Austin Nyman. Matt Reistetter brought in Nyman in the next at bat with an infield ground out to first base to again knot the game, this time at three. The Pride tacked on another run in the inning with an RBI single from Taylor Stuart to give Hofstra its second lead at 4-3. After adding another walk, RHP Danny Schneider
entered the game for the Catamounts in the fourth. Schneider got his first batter to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to get out of the inning.
The Pride again tallied a run in the fifth with an RBI double by Nyman, who picked up his second extra-base hit of the game. With the bases loaded for Schneider, a pitch got away Western Carolina would score a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning with a lead-off, solo home run by Aaron Attaway, his first of the season, to get within one run of the Pride. A walk and a high fly ball that fell at the feet of the Hofstra center fielder put two on with no outs for Jacob Hoyle. Hoyle picked up his third hit of the day and his fourth RBI on a single to left field to score Cody Jones from second and move White to third, tying the game at five. A wild pitch put two Catamount base runners in scoring position before Hofstra intentionally walked Neary to load the bases with no outs for Bryant Noteboom. Noteboom lined out to the short stop to give Hofstra its first out of the game.
Hofstra then went to its bullpen to put in Brett Schreiber who hit the first batter he saw, Luke Gragg, to give the Catamounts a 6-5 lead. Danny Bermudez picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly that was hit to deep left field, scoring Hoyle from third.
Head coach Bobby Moranda again went to his bullpen to bring in LHP Bryce Danielson to start the sixth. Danielson gave up a two-out homerun to Pride left fielder Kenny Jackson to right field, his third hit of the day, to bring the Pride within one at 7-6.
After a sacrifice bunt by Stuart for Hofstra moved Brantley to second, Moranda brought in RHP Tyler Powell. Powell struck out the first batter he saw before intentionally walking Jackson to put runners on first and second with two outs for Joe Perez. Powell then picked up his second strike out of the inning, shutting down the rally attempt by the Pride in the eighth.
Powell picked up another strikeout in the ninth while pitching another hitless inning to earn his second save of the season. Schneider went 1.2 innings giving up just two hits to earn the win. Bryce Danielson also assisted in the Catamount relief effort going 2.1 innings, giving up two hits with two strike outs.
Hoyle got the nod to start at pitcher for game two, his first career start on the mound. Hoyle went 5.0 innings giving up just one run against the Pride. Hoyle assisted his own cause offensively picking up his second home run of the day in game two, going 2-for-4 at the plate with 5 RBI.
After three full innings with no runs scored by either team, Hoyle picked up his sixth RBI of the day with his two-run homer over the left field fence to give the Catamounts a 2-0 advantage in the bottom of the fourth.
The Pride designated hitter cut the WCU lead to 2-1 with an RBI single by Chris Nardo in the top of the fifth.
After a two out single by Aaron Attaway in the bottom half of the fifth, Cody Jones moved Attaway to third with a single to left center for Tyler White. White walked to bring up the Catamount pitcher, Jacob Hoyle. Hoyle continued his stellar offensive day with a base-clearing double - tallying his seventh, eighth and ninth RBI of the day - to the left-center fence to give WCU a 5-1 lead. Hoyle's double would end the day for Hofstra starting pitcher Jared Rogers. The new Pride pitcher, David Jesch, walked his first two to load the bases. Jesch got out of the jam by getting Bryant Noteboom to ground out.
The Catamounts picked up another two-out run off a single by Cody Jones to score catcher Danny Bermudez who singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch earlier in the bottom half of the sixth inning.
The WCU bullpen held the lead for Western Carolina the rest of the way out as Jonathan Waszak and Tyler Powell combined to throw four innings, giving up just three hits and one run to get the series win for the Catamounts over Hofstra.
Western Carolina next travels to Athens, Ga., to take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday with first pitch coming from Athens at 5:00 p.m.