March 14, 2010
Charleston, S.C. - Five Western Carolina batters combined for 11 hits, but the Catamounts fell, 11-6, to The Citadel on Sunday afternoon at Riley Park. Western Carolina (10-5, 0-3 SoCon) out-hit the Bulldogs, 14-11, but couldn't overcome an early eight run deficit as The Citadel (11-3, 3-0 SoCon) remain undefeated in Southern Conference action.
The Bulldogs scored a combination of eight runs in the second and third innings before WCU rallied with four runs in the third and a pair of runs in the fifth and sixth to cut the gap to 8-6. In the home-half of the sixth inning, The Citadel answered with a trifecta of runs to take an 11-6 advantage.
Freshman Tyler White hit a two-RBI double to left field, to cut the deficit to 8-4 in the third inning. The first baseman from Forest City, N.C., hit 2-for-4, a double and three RBI. Second baseman Ross Heffley led the Cats with three hits, two runs, a RBI and reaching on base with a walk. The sophomore scored a run in the in the third and drove in a run with a single in the sixth.
Catcher Ollie Goulder continued his team-high seven game hit streak with a pair of singles in Sunday's contest. Goulder sneaked a hit through the left side in the third to drive in a run before reaching on base with a one-out hit in the ninth inning.
Senior Tyler Kirkpatrick hammered his team-high fifth home run to lead off the third inning for WCU.
Cameron Dullnig plated a pair of singles against the Bulldogs to extend his multiple-hit streak to five consecutive games. The junior hit 2-for-5 with two runs scored as the lead-off hitter for the Catamounts.
Freshman Cory Cronan also managed a pair of hits as the designated hitter in Sunday afternoon's game.
Left-hander Vance Chavis dropped to 2-2 after three innings pitched. The sophomore gave up eight runs, just two earned, on seven hits, three walks and one strikeout. Reliever Brandon Johnson took over the next two and two-third innings, surrendering two runs on three hits with a trio of strikeouts. Andrew Blackwell stepped in to face two batters and gave up one run on one hit. Junior Andrew Chilcoat closed the door on the Bulldogs, holding their batters hitless in the final two and a third innings.
WCU fell into in an early hole as The Citadel added a pair of runs in the first inning. WCU committed three errors in the second inning to allow six unearned runs on the scoreboard. The Catamounts battled back with six unanswered runs including a four-run top of the third. Kirkpatrick led off with a home run before WCU used four more hits, including White's double, to cut the lead to 8-4. The Cats answered with Heffley's run in the fifth inning and a Dullnig run in the sixth. However, The Citadel added three more insurance runs in the home-half of the sixth.
Mid-reliever Chris Boyce improved to 3-0 for the Bulldogs, allowing just one run on four hits in four innings tossed. Raymond Copenhaver retired the last two WCU batters by forcing a grounded into double play. Starter Michael Clevinger received a no-decision for The Citadel after tossing four and third innings, giving up five earned runs on 10 hits.
Infielder Kyle Jordan led The Citadel offense with a 3-for-4 afternoon and five RBI.
The Catamounts return to the friendly confines of Childress Field / Hennon Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday for a pair of non-conference mid-week games. WCU will host Big South rival UNC Asheville at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday. The Charlotte 49ers will face the Cats for the second time this season on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Live stats for both mid-week contests will be available online at Catamount Sports.com.