March 7, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. - Freshman Keith Weiser threw a complete game and struck out seven for the RedHawks to lead Miami (Ohio) to a 12-8 victory over Western Carolina Sunday afternoon at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. The RedHawks improve to 5-5, while the Catamounts fall to 7-6.
For the third consecutive game, the RedHawks took an early lead. Jason Brown and John Slone started the game with back-to-back triples. Designated hitter Paul Frietch followed with a single. Then Mike Ferris walked and Geoff Orr singled to load the bases. Sam Sellery drove in two with a single up the middle, chasing WCU starter Daniel Lindner. Caleb McConnell came out of the bullpen, recorded a strikeout and induced an inning-ending double play to kept the score 4-0 through the top of the first.
Western cut its deficit to one, 4-3, in the bottom of the first. Todd Roper reached on a throwing error and would eventually score on a one-out single by Denver Edick. One batter later, Alex Gary doubled to left to bring home Edick and scored on a Brian Sigmon single. Western tied the contest at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth. Chad McKown lifted a solo home run to left-center field.
Miami regained the advantage in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs and making the score 6-4. Slone started the frame with a single and scored on batter later on a Frietch homer to center. In the bottom half of the fifth, Western made it a 6-5 game as Jared Greenwood hit a one-out home run to center, his fifth homer of the season.
Miami answered with five in the top of the seventh. Frietch drew a one-out walk and later Orr drew a two-out walk. Sellery followed with an RBI single to center, putting runner on the corners. Brian Canada then made it an 8-6 score with an RBI single to left. Edginton cleared the bases and made the score 11-6 with a three-run shot to center.
The RedHawks padded their advantage in the top of the eighth. With two outs, Ferris hit an opposite-field home run, his six homer of the season and fifth of the weekend.
Western cut its deficit to five (12-7) as Chad McKown started the home half of the eighth with a solo home run for his second of the game and fifth of the season. In the bottom of the ninth, Western tried to rally in the ninth, but came up short. Greenwood had a one-out double and moved to third on a single by Gary. After a strikeout, Matt Nelson brought home Greenwood and put runners on the corners. However, Weiser wrapped up the complete game with a strikeout to end the contest.
Offensively for Miami, five RedHawks had two hits each, including Brown, Slone, Frietch, Sellery and Edginton. Frietch, Sellery and Edginton added three RBI as well. On the mound, Weiser allowed 16 hits and eight runs (five earned) with three walks.
For the Catamounts, Sigmon led the way with three hits with Edick, Greenwood, Gary, Nelson and Kilmer each collecting two hits. McKown, who had two hits as well, had two RBI on virtue of his two solo home runs. Brian Barnes (1-1) was saddled with the loss. He allowed one run and one walk in his 0.1 inning's work. McConnell pitched well in relief of starter Lindner by allowing two hits and two runs with two walks and seven strikeouts in 5.0 innings.
Western Carolina will travel to Atlanta for a two-game, mid-week series with 12th-ranked Georgia Tech. The Cats and Jackets will play a single game on Tuesday (Mar. 9) at 4 pm. The teams will also play at 4 pm on Wednesday (Mar. 10).