April 3, 2004
Johnson City, Tenn. - WCU sophomore pitcher Caleb McConnell (Waynesville, N.C.) had his fourth consecutive impressive outing, but, this time, his complete game effort produced a win for the Catamounts, who handed East Tennessee State an 8-4 loss in game one of a Saturday doubleheader. Providing the offense for WCU was Chad McKown (three RBI) and Matt Nelson (three hits).
East Tennessee State jumped on the board in the bottom of the first. Leadoff hitter Matt Traylor sent a 1-2 pitch over the right field fence for his fifth homer of the season. The Bucs made the score 3-0 in the bottom of the second. After giving up a two-out single to Greg Roberts, second baseman Josiah Glafenhein delivered a two-run home run to center field.
Western took a 5-3 lead in the top of the sixth, sending 11 men to the play and scoring five runs on five hits. Jared Greenood had a leadoff double and Jimmy Cochran followed with a walk. McKown cleared the bases with a thre-run home run to center, tying the game at 3-3. Western quickly re-loaded the bases after McKown's ninth homer of the season. Brandon Zollman, Nelson and Wayne Kilmer had consecutive singles. Todd Roper brought home Zollman with a sacrifice fly. After a strikeout, Denver Edick drew a walk to lead the bases again and Greenwood, who started the inning with a double, was hit by a pitch to bring in the fifth run of the game in Nelson.
In the top of the seventh, the Catamount padded their advantage (7-3) with two runs. McKown had a leadoff single and moved to second on Zollman sac bunt. Nelson put runners on the corners with a single to left. Kilmer followed with a single to right, scoring McKown and moving Nelson to third. As he did in the sixth, Roper came through with a sac fly, plating Nelson.
Western added another run in the top of the eighth, Edick had a leadoff double and moved to third on a Greenwood ground out. Sigmon, who stayed in the game as the designated hitter, hit a fly ball deep to center, allowing Edick to score easily on the sac fly.
ETSU trimmed its deficit in the bottom of the eighth. Glafenhein had a leadoff home run, his second blast of the game and fifth of the season. After a single, WCU's McConnell got a strikeout, a fly out and a ground out to get out of the inning and keep the score at 8-4.
For the Cats, in addition to Nelson's three hits, Kilmer, McKown and Zollman each had two hits, while Roper added two RBI. McConnell (1-1) allowed nine hits and four runs while walking one and striking out five. For the Bucs, Glafenhein was 3-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI, while Traylor had two hits. Starter Jeremy Hall suffered the loss, allowing seven hits in 5.0 innings pitched with five runs, five walks and five strikeouts.