March 31, 2005
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina scored at least two runs in four of its seven innings to hand Brown an 18-9 setback Thursday afternoon at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. The game, which started 17 minutes late due to rain and had a predetermined and mutually agreed upon end time, was stopped after seven innings as Brown (5-10) had a travel conflict.
Western (16-9) only had 14 hits in scoring its 18 runs, but took advantage of three Bears' errors and eight bases on balls from the Bears' pitching staff. Freshman Jonathan Greene and senior Chris Davis paced the Catamount offense. Greene was 4-for-5 with three RBI, while Davis was 2-for-4 with four RBI and three runs scored.
Freshman Greg Holland was credited with the win in relief, getting his first career victory. He only allowed one run in his first three innings pitched, but ran into some trouble in the top of the sixth, loading the bases without getting an out. Junior Brandon McDowell came out of the WCU bullpen and only allowed one hit and one walk with a strikeout in two innings to record his first save of the season.
The Catamounts jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Barrett Shaft, who leadoff with a walk, would eventually score on an error, while Steven Strausbaugh, Jason Haynes and Ryan Wilson each drove in a run. For Wilson, who doubled down the right-field line, it marked the first career hit and RBI for the freshman, who was getting his first start behind the plate this season.
Brown answered with five unearned runs in the top of the second. With two out and the bases loaded, Adjatay Nyadjroh reached on an error, allowing Danny Hughes to score. Paul Christian made the Cats pay for the miscue by hitting a three-run double to center. Bobby Wiginton followed with an RBI double.
Western reclaimed the advantage and never looked back with five runs in the bottom of the second. Shaft started that frame with a single and, with the bases loaded, would eventually score on a wild pitch. Davis would re-load the bases with a free pass, becoming the third consecutive walk by Brown reliever Clint Dykehouse. Greene doubled to center to plate two Catamounts. Haynes reached on a fielder's choice, pushing Western's eighth run across the plate, and would eventually score on a Brown error, putting the Cats up 9-5.
The Bears cut their deficit to three (9-6) with an RBI double by Jeff Nichols.
The Catamounts were held scoreless over the third and fourth innings, but put three runs on the board, thanks to a three-run double by Davis, in the bottom of the fifth for a 12-6 cushion.
Holland started the sixth surrendering consecutive singles to Devin Thomas, Nyadjroh and Christian. McDowell got a quick out before Matt Kutler hit a two-run double. With the bases loaded, Western looked to escape with a double play, but the Cats could not convert both outs to allow Christian to score on the play due to an error.
After WCU went down in order in the sixth and McDowell held Brown scoreless in the top of the seventh, Western closed out the game with six runs in the bottom of the seventh, before the game was called. With two outs, Strausbaugh had an RBI single, followed by an RBI double by Davis. Greene brought home Davis with a single through the left side. Pinch hitter Grey Gregory reached on an error and Wilson drove in Greene with an RBI single. Chris Ahearn, getting his third start at shortstop, capped the scoring with a two run double for hs first hit as a Catamount.
Chrisitan, Wiginton and Connor Reardon each had tow hits for Brown, with Christian adding three RBI and Kutler two. Dykehouse suffered the loss, falling to 1-1 on the season. He allowed two hits, five runs (four earned) and four walks in 0.1 innings pitched.
Western Carolina will continue its run of six games in six days, playing a three-game set at Davidson this weekend. Friday's contest is set for a 7 pm start at Wildcat Park. Saturday's game is set to begin at 2:00 pm and Sunday's contest is set to start at 1:00 pm. All three games will be broadcast on the internet at www.wwcufm.com and all three contests can be followed live on www.catamountsports.com on GameTracker, provided by the Olde Towne Inn of Dillsboro. Also, Friday's and Sunday's game can be heard locally on 90.5 FM, WWCU.