March 30, 2005
Cullowhee, N.C. - The Brown Bears scored six runs in the top of the ninth to post a 10-6 come-from-behind victory over Western Carolina Wednesday night at Childress Field/Hennon Field. The Bears improve to 5-9, while Western falls to 15-9.
Brown scored its six runs on six hits, including a game-tying, two-run homer by Paul Christian. After a leadoff single by pinch hitter Conor Reardon, Christian sent a pitch over the right field fence for his third blast of the season. Bobby Wiginton followed with a single to chase WCU relief pitcher Luke Miller (2-1). Brian McCullen came out of the WCU bullpen and walked Matt Kutler. Eric Larson plated Wiginton with a single to left to put Brown up one. Thomas walked to load the bases. Depsite a Danny Hughes strikeout, Kutler scored on the play due to a wild pitch. Adjatay Nyadjroh put the Bears up 9-6 with a pinch-hit, RBI single to left, while Jeff Nichols capped the scoring with an RBI double to left-center.
Chris Davidson (1-1) pitched the final 1.1 innings for the Brown, getting two strikeouts, to pick up the win.
The Bears took advantage of two Catamount errors to score three unearned runs in the top of the first. Kutler reached on a fielder's choice and, with two outs, he advanced to second on a catcher's interference outing Larson on first. Devin Thomas followed with an RBI double. Larson and Thomas would score on a WCU fielding error.
Western answered with two runs in the bottom half. Barrett Shaft had a leadoff infield single and scored one batter later on Tim Hallam's triple just inside the first base line. Jared Greenwood made it a one-run game game with an RBI ground out to first.
The Cats took the lead (6-3) with four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Barrett Shaft had a one-out single and scored when Hallam doubled just inside the third base line. Western put runners on the corners thanks to a single by Greenwood. Trey McDaniel kept runners on the corners with an RBI single on hit-and-run single through the right side of the infield. Steven Strausbaugh brought home Greenwood with an RBI bloop single to center. After a Chris Davis single loaded the bases, Nate Hall hit a sacrifice fly to plate McDaniel.
Brown pulled to within two (6-4) in the top of the seventh thanks to a two-out, solo home run to right field by Kutler, his fourth of the year.
Wiginton, Larson and Lowe each had two hits to lead Brown offensively. Starting pitcher Bryan Tews lasted 4.1 innings, allowing 10 hits and six runs with three strikeouts. Alex Silverman, Ethan Burton and Rob Ballberg each kept WCU in check over the next three innings before giving way to Davidson with two outs in the eighth.
Western's Shaft and Strausbaugh each collected three hits to pace the Catamounts' 13-hit attack. WCU starting pitcher Jon Kibler was effective, allowing no earned runs. He did surrender four hits and three unearned runs with no walks and six strikeouts. Clint Ramsey pitched the sixth, seventh and eighth innings for the Cats, allowing three hits and one run with no walks and three strikeouts.
The Catamounts and Bears will play the second game of their two-game set on Thursday with first pitch set for Noon. Admission will be free for that contest.