March 13, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina pushes four runs across in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn an 11-7 win over Eastern Kentucky Wednesday evening at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. Both teams combined for 14 total runs in four innings before a pair of relievers, Matt Lynch for EKU and Jonathan Waszak for WCU, calmed the game until the Catamounts brought in four in the bottom of the eighth to pick up their tenth win of the season.
Both teams traded blows in the first inning with Eastern Kentucky striking first with the Colonel leadoff man Demetrius Moorer hitting a double down the left field line. After advancing to third on a fly out to center field, designated hitter Shaun Ball drove Moorer in with an RBI single. The Catamounts answered with two runs in the bottom of the first frame as WCU loaded the bases following back-to-back singles by the first two men in the order, Aaron Attaway and Cody Jones, and a walk by Tyler White. Jacob Hoyle did his job by bringing in Attaway with a SAC fly to right with Austin Neary doing the same to score Cody Jones from third to give WCU an early 2-1 lead.
With one out in the top of the second, Doug Teegarden hit a line drive up the middle of the infield to plate the Colonels' third run of the game. A walk to Moorer loaded the bases for Matt Phipps. Phipps hit a grounder to Catamount short stop Aaron Attaway who attempted to turn the 6-4-3 double play, but was late in getting Phipps out at first, bringing across another run for EKU. The Colonels were not done with two outs in the inning as Shaun Ball hit a deep fly ball to right center which rolled to the fence to clear the bases, scoring two runs to give EKU a 6-2 second inning lead.
Bradley Strong hit a two out single through the right side to be WCU's first base runner of the second. After a stolen base and a wild pitch moved Strong to third, Aaron Attaway hit a dribbler between the third baseman, short stop and the pitcher to pick up an infield single which scored Strong from third to bring the Catamounts within three.
The Colonels scored in their third consecutive inning with a blast over the center field fence by catcher Sean Hagen, his first of the year.
Down 7-3 to start the bottom half of the third, the Catamounts picked up three runs to claw back within one, two of which came off a base clearing triple to left center by Julian Ridings. Catcher Adam Martin followed Ridings with an RBI single through the right side to score Ridings from third, making the score 7-6 at the end of three.
After reaching on a double, Tyler White scored off a two out single through the right side by Austin Neary to knot the game at 7 through four innings. Career-long five scoreless innings thrown by freshman reliever Jonathan Waszak who came and shut down an EKU team who had scored in the first three innings.
Hunter Brister entered the game with a 3-2 count with two outs in the top of the eighth inning. Brister threw one pitch to tally a strike out on Teegarden to get the Catamounts out of the jam and put Brister in position for his second win of the season.
The Catamounts blew open the 7-7 tie in the bottom of the eighth which all began with a one out single by Aaron Attaway to right field. Cody Jones picked up his second hit of the night with a single up the middle which put runners on the corners, the go-ahead run on third. Lynch got Tyler White to pop up for the second inning for WCU pinch hitter Bryant Noteboom. EKU went to its bullpen to Myles Scott who threw a wild pitch to bring in Attaway from third and move Jones to second with two outs. Noteboom then delivered with an RBI single - advancing to second on the throw. Austin Neary then picked up his third hit - going 3-for-4 on the day, an RBI double down the left field line. Neary moved to third on the second wild pitch of the inning before Adam Martin brought in the final run of the game for Western Carolina with an RBI single.
After starting pitcher Taylor Sandefur and reliever Jacob Hoyle gave up seven runs in 1.2 innings, relievers Jonathan Waszak and Hunter Brister went 6.1 innings while not giving up any runs on just three hits. EKU used five pitchers in the loss with reliever Matt Lynch giving up the loss, his first of the season.
The Catamounts notched a season-high 19 hits with Aaron Attaway going 4-for-5 with an RBI and Austin Neary going 3-for-4 with 3 RBI. Julian Ridings (2-for-4) also had 3 RBI on his base-clearing triple in the third.
Western Carolina (10-7) heads to Charleston, S.C., for its second SoCon series of the season coming against College of Charleston. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. with the series broadcast online by Catamount Sports Network.