March 6, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. - Jared Greenwood hit a two-run home run to tie the game in the seventh, then put the Cats ahead with a two-run single in the eighth as Western Carolina rallied to beat Miami (Ohio) 14-12 in game two of a Saturday doubleheader at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. The Catamounts improve to 7-5, while the RedHawks fall to 4-5.
Western was down 8-0 through five and a half, but scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth, seven in the seventh and five in the eighth to escape with the win.
Miami, who hit six home runs in the game, took an early 1-0 lead, putting a single run on the board in the top of the third. Brian Canada started the frame with an infield single, moved to second on a balk and scored on a two-out single by John Slone. The RedHawks hit three home runs in the fourth to make it 5-0. Mike Ferris led off with a home run. Then, after a two-out walk to Ryan Edginton, Canada hit a two-run home run to left. Three pitches later, Jon Franzese hit a solo shot to left-center.
In the fifth, Miami expanded its advantage to 6-0 thanks to consecutive singles by Ferris, David Franco and Geoff Orr. In the sixth, The RedHawks did more two-out damage as Jason Brown doubled and Slone homered to left to give Miami an 8-0 lead.
Ferris led off the seventh with his second home run of the game, making the score 9-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, Western tied the game at 9-9. The Cats loaded the bases with one out thanks to a single by Brian Sigmon, a single by Matt Nelson and a walk by Wayne Kilmer. The Cats got back-to-back two-run doubles by Roper and Chris Davis to make the score 9-6. Edick followed with a single to center, cutting the Miami lead to two, 9-7, and chasing RedHawk starting pitcher Sam Shorts. Greenwood welcomed new pitcher Brad Bachman with a two-run home run, knotting the game.
In the eighth, Western got a leadoff double from Kilmer and eventually loaded the bases with two outs. Miami brought in pitcher Chad Reineke to face Greenwood, who looped a two-run single to right. Alex Gary followed with a two-run home run to center, putting the Cats up 14-9.
The RedHawks did not go away quietly. Ferris started the ninth with a solo home run, his third blast of the game. David Franco followed with an infield single and Edginton walked. After a fly out, pinch hitter Sam Sellery singled to right to plate Franco. Brandon Hillier singled to bring home Edginton and cut Miami's deficit to two, 14-12. However, WCU's Davis made a diving play at third to end the rally and preserve the Catamount victory.
For the Catamounts, Greenwood finished game two by going 3-for-5 with four RBI. Sigmon also had three hits, while Roper, Davis and Edick each contributed two hits. Junior Clint Ramsey, who entered the game in the eighth, picked up his first collegiate win, improving to 1-1 on the season. He pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing four hits and three runs with a walk and a strikeout.
For the doubleheader, Davis was 6-for-8 with two doubles and a home run. Gary was 5-for-8 with a double, three home runs and eight RBI. Roper batted .400 for the day (4-for-10) with three doubles and a homer.
Miami was led by Ferris, who in addition to his three home runs, was 4-for-5 with three RBI. Brown and Slone each added three hits. Brian Bachman (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing two hits and three runs in 1.1 innings pitched.
Western Carolina and Miami will play at single game on Sunday (Mar. 7) with first pitch set for 1 pm.