March 8, 2013
DAVIDSON, N.C. -
Five runs in the top of the 13th inning gave Western Carolina a 9-4 win over Davidson in its Southern Conference-opening series Friday night at Wilson Field in Davidson, N.C. Senior Tyler White's RBI single through the right side gave the Catamounts the lead it needed to pick up its fourth straight win.
With the Catamounts down 4-3 entering the ninth inning, sophomore Austin Neary hit a lead-off home run - his first of the season - to send the game to extras and keep Western Carolina alive on the road.
Neither team could muster a run in the extra frames until the top of the 13th when Aaron Attaway walked to lead off the inning. Cody Jones moved Attaway to third on a single to right field before Tyler White hit a single through the right side to score Attaway off new Wildcat pitcher Miller. With two runners on and one out, Austin Neary again drove in a key RBI to give the Catamounts a two-run lead with his single. Runners now on second and third, Davidson intentionally walked Bradley Strong to load the bases in hopes for a force out or a double play. Miller then notched a strike out before Luke Gragg made Davidson pay with a two out, base-clearing double to put Western Carolina up for good, 9-4.
Tyler White accounted for five of WCU's nine runs as the third/first baseman scored twice himself and knocked in three RBI to give the team leader in RBI 18 total for the season. White went 3-for-7 in the game. Austin Neary went 3-for-6 with 2 RBI for the night.
Starting Western Carolina pitcher Jeremy Null
hurled six scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the seventh. Davidson scored all four of its runs in the seventh off of five hits. The Catamounts also gave up three errors in the inning which led to one unearned run.
Preston Hatcher came in and pitched three scoreless innings in relief, picking up the win - his first of the season - for the Catamounts. Jonathan Waszak entered the game in the bottom of the 13th to finish off the Wildcats.
The Catamounts improved to 8-6, 1-0 SoCon while Davidson fell to 5-6, 1-3 SoCon. Game two of the three-game series begins tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.