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Upper Classmen Pace Catamount Baseball to Sweep of Terriers

Senior Cody Jones circles the base paths following his first home run of the season. (Photo by Ashley Evans)

March 30, 2014

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Cullowhee, N.C. - Senior Jordan Smith struck out five in a season-high tying seven solid innings of work on the mound leading Western Carolina to 6-1 victory over Wofford Sunday afternoon at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. Five of the Catamounts' seven hits on the day went for extra bases including three doubles and two home runs.

The win secured WCU its fourth series sweep on the season, and first in Southern Conference play. The Catamounts won their ninth-straight league series, and have secured wins in 21 of their last 23 conference games dating back to last season. WCU improved to 16-9 on the season, 5-1 in league games.

Senior Cody Jones paced the Catamount offensive output, finishing 3-for-4 with a single, double and his first home run of the season on a lead-off solo shot in the home half of the sixth inning. Classmate Adam Martin continued his strong offensive weekend, finishing 1-for-3 at the plate and belting his third homer of the weekend with a two-run shot in the fifth inning.

Smith (4-2) ended the day with the win on the bump after seven complete innings, scattering seven hits with two walks, a HBP and the five K's. The Liberty, N.C., forced the Terriers to strand seven runners on base through the first seven innings - Wofford left nine total runners on base combined.

Sophomore RHP Colton Davis, who earned the save in Saturday's game, retired the Terriers in order during his one inning of work in the eighth with junior Tyler Powell fanning two with one hit and a free pass in the ninth inning.

Wofford's Josh Hyman jumped on the second pitch of the game, hitting a leadoff solo shot over the fence down the left field line to give the Terriers the lead after the top of the first for the second straight game.

WCU answered in the bottom half of the inning with a one-out double down the right field line by Bradley Strong. Two batters later, junior Jacob Hoyle overcame Wofford's right-side shift as he smacked a two-out RBI double to the gap in right field scoring Strong. Jones, who has recorded a hit in 16 of the last 17 games, followed with a RBI single through the right side scoring Hoyle from second giving the Purple & Gold a 2-1 lead after one.

The Terriers (16-12, 1-5 SoCon) threatened in the top of the third inning with back-to-back one-out singles to right field by Alec Paradowski and Seth Neeley, but Smith induced a 1-6-3 ground-ball double play to end inning and preserve the 2-1 Catamount lead.

Jones led off the home half of the fourth inning with a double off the center field fence and was later scored on a sacrifice fly by Luke Gragg after Danny Bermudez moved Jones to third with a fly-out to right. WCU led 3-1 after four complete.

With two-outs in the bottom of the fifth, leadoff man Aaron Attaway reached on a Terrier error at short to keep the inning alive. Martin, who started the game 0-for-2, crushed the next pitch over the fence in left fence for his third home run and sixth RBI of the series, lifting the Catamount lead out to 5-1 after five.

Wofford put pressure on WCU in the top of the sixth when Neely led off with double down the left field line and Clancey earned a walk. After a sacrifice bunt move the runners to second and third with one out, Smith retired the next two batters with a weak fly ball to second and routine fly to right ending the Terrier threat.

Jones then opened the home half of sixth with a leadoff home run to right center, lighting the scoreboard for the third straight inning and giving the Catamounts a comfortable 6-1 lead.

Wofford's Jesse Morris (5-3) was saddled with the loss, allowing six runs, four earned, in six innings of work. Morris struck out nine Catamount batters and allowed only one walk.

Neely, the only Terrier with multiple hits, went 2-for-4 with his 10th double of the season. Hyman had the only RBI for Wofford following his first inning home run, but fanned in his final four at bats.

The Catamounts return to the diamond on Tuesday as they welcome mountain-rival, UNC Asheville, to Childress Field / Hennon Stadium for a midweek nonconference contest. First pitch is slated for 5:00 pm.