March 9, 2013
DAVIDSON, N.C. - Despite third baseman Tyler White and designated hitter Luke Gragg combining to go 6-for-8 with 3 RBI, Western Carolina fell 7-5 to the Davidson Wildcats Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field. The Catamounts pushed across three runs in the top of the eighth, but they were not enough to get the win.
Starting pitcher Jordan Smith had a tough time on the mound Saturday afternoon as the right-hander went four innings, giving up six runs, at least one in each inning pitched, to take the loss. Three Catamounts relievers came in going four innings, giving up just one run and one hit.
The Catamount defense also struggled again behind pitcher Jordan Smith, tallying five errors. A typically sound defense, Western Carolina has accounted for eight errors in the two games against Davidson.
Down 3-0 in the top of the third, Western Carolina got on the board as Cody Jones came across to score with Austin Neary collecting the RBI. The lone run would be the only Catamount run until the fifth inning when Aaron Attaway hit his second home run of the year to make the score 5-1.
Trailing 7-1 in the eighth, WCU got things started with a Neary single through the left side. Freshman Reece Strong pinch hit for his brother Bradley Strong and picked up his first collegiate hit on a single to center field. Luke Gragg, with one out, hit a home run to right field to score the Catamounts' last three runs of the game.
Three Davidson Wildcats picked up multi-hit games with starting pitcher Danny Mooney getting the win (2-1).
Western Carolina falls to 8-7, 1-1 SoCon with Davidson improving to 6-6, 2-3 SoCon. Both teams will battle in Sunday's rubber match for the series win with first pitch coming at 1 p.m. from Wilson Field as a pair of lefties look for Sunday's win. Morgan McKinney will pitch for the Catamounts as Rob Bain takes the ball for the Wildcats.