March 26, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. - Davidson's Alex Entrekin had a two-run single in the top of the ninth to lead Davidson to a 5-4 come-from-behind win over Western Carolina Friday night at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. The Wildcats improve to 9-12 overall and 5-5 in the Southern Conference, while the Catamounts fall to 9-15, 0-7.
In the ninth, Eli Benefield had a lead off walk and Sam Navarro followed with a single to right field. After a sacrifice bunt, Entrekin delivered the two-run single to right field, giving Davidson a one-run lead. Davidson third baseman Jay Heafner moved to the mound for the bottom of the ninth and retired the Catamounts in order to earn his sixth save of the season.
Davidson took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Andrew Musashe sent the first pitch of the game to center. After a stolen base and a ground out, Michael Muniz singled through the right side to plate Musashe.
The Catamounts tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third. Brian Sigmon had a lead off single, stole second and moved to third on a Brandon Zollman single. Davidson starter Andy Carter tried to pick off Zollman at first, but a fielding error allowed Zollman to move to second and Sigmon to score.
Western took its first lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth, making the score 2-1. Denver Edick and Jared Greenwood had back-to-back infield singles to start the frame. Chad McKown reached on a fielder's choice. However, when trying to complete double play, the throw from second was wild, allowing Edick to score and McKown to go to second.
Davidson took advantage of a WCU error to tie the top of the fifth to tie the game at 2-2. Musashe had a lead off double and, after stealing third, scored when Navarro reached on a fielding error.
In the bottom of the seventh, Western regained the lead, scoring two runs and making the score 4-2. Alex Gary starting the inning by being hit by a pitch. He moved to third on a Zollman single and scored on a wild pitch. Zollman, who moved to second on the wild pitch and to third on a ground out, scored on an RBI double by Chris Davis. New Wildcat pitcher Michael Kaufman came in to walk Edick and hit Greenwood to load the bases. However, Kaufman got a strike out to get out the inning.
Davidson trimmed its deficit to one (4-3) in the top of the eighth. Entrekin was hit by a pitch to start the inning and, after a wild pitch, scored on double to left center by Gregory Zage.
Derrick Hawk suffered the loss for the Catamounts, falling to 1-3 on the season. He pitched the final 2.0 innings, allowing four hits and three runs with a walk and four strike outs. Sophomore Caleb McConnell started for WCU, pitching 6.0 innings and allowing seven hits, two runs (one earned) and two walks with three strike outs.
Davidson starter Andy Carter worked the first 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs (two earned) with two walks and seven strike outs. Rob Wilson (3-1) picked up the win, getting the final two outs in the eighth inning before giving way to Heafner in the ninth.
Offensively for Davidson, Musashe, Navarro, Entrekin, Zage and Shore each had two hits. For Western, Zollman, who got his seventh start of the season, went 3-for-3 to lead the Catamounts.
Western Carolina and Davidson will play game two of the three game series on Saturday with first pitch set for 4 pm.