April 2, 2011
Mt. Pleasant, S.C. - Western Carolina manufactured the game's first run on an RBI double by Ross Heffley, but the advantage was short-lived as the College of Charleston plated six runs in the first and seven in the second before holding on for a 15-8 victory over the Catamounts on Saturday afternoon at Patriot's Point.
Freshman Dykota Spiess homered as a part of a five-run ninth inning as WCU (11-13-1, 2-9 SoCon) cut into the deficit late, but the opening two frames and seven solid innings from Cougar starter Josh Renfro (5-2) proved to be the difference.
Game three is scheduled for a 1:00 pm start on Sunday afternoon. The game will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard online at www.CatamountSports.com.
Heffley drove in two runs for the Catamounts while Spiess, a late-innings substitution, had three RBI coming on the ninth inning home run. Senior Stephen Notaro recorded a pair of singles in a 2-for-5 showing while Luke Gragg came off the bench for a 2-for-2 afternoon, driving in a run in the eighth inning with a single through the right side.
WCU freshman starter Jordan Smith (3-3) surrendered eight runs on eight hits with one strikeout but was chased before recording an out in the second inning. Preston Hatcher worked five innings of relief with three walks against three strikeouts, allowing six runs on five hits with Cameron Dullnig tossing the final two frames with two walks and two strikeouts.
Five Cougar hitters recorded multi-hit games with Rob Kral and Daniel Aldrich both hitting home runs during the 13-run rally over the opening two innings for the College of Charleston. On the mound, Renfro struck out seven against three walks for the Cougars with relievers Dre Watts and Marty Gantt tossing the final two innings, allowing six runs on four hits.