March 15, 2011
Kennesaw, Ga. - Senior Matt Johns drove in three runs including a two-run home run as a part of a three-run first inning as Western Carolina snapped a three-game slide with a 5-1 nonconference road victory over Kennesaw State on Tuesday night at Stillwell Stadium.
Sophomore LHP Adam Curtis (1-0) worked a career-long six and two-thirds innings to pick-up the win for the Catamounts, scattering seven hits while holding the Owls to one run. He countered two walks with four strikeouts in scoring the victory. Senior Andrew Chilcoat allowed one hit with a strikeout in an inning and a third out of the bullpen while Taylor Sandefur fanned two in working a perfect ninth in relief for WCU.
Western Carolina (8-6) took the early lead as senior Austin Schultz opened the game with a lead-off walk ahead of Johns who belted a 0-1 pitch over the left field fence for the 2-0 lead. Ross Heffley then singled, later scoring on an RBI double by freshman Adam Martin for the three-run edge.
Martin finished 2-for-3 with two RBI in the win.
Three innings later, the Catamounts added an insurance run as freshman Aaron Attaway led off with a single to right, scoring on a single to left center by Johns giving the senior a third RBI.
Kennesaw State scratched out a run in the fifth as back-to-back, two-out base hits including a double by Bucky Smith and an RBI single from Will Howard to trim the deficit to three, 4-1.
Kennesaw State (10-7) starting pitcher Travis Dean (1-2) was tagged with the loss after working just four innings, surrendering four earned runs on six hits. Owls' left fielder Bucky Smith led the squad with a 3-for-4 outing at the plate with three doubles, scoring KSU's lone run.
Western Carolina opens a five-game home stand on Wednesday night by hosting UNC Asheville at 4:00 pm on Wednesday afternoon at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. UNCA, which is 4-10 overall including a 1-9 road record - with its lone road victory coming at UNC Greensboro - had its Tuesday game against Davidson rained out. The Bulldogs were swept by Eastern Kentucky last weekend and have lost 10-straight games.