April 3, 2010
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina used three home runs, including a grand slam on Saturday afternoon, to down New York Tech, 12-4, in game two of the three-game set at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. The Catamounts (17-8-1) outgunned the Bears (5-10) 16-to-4 in the hit column, as Western Carolina evened the series.
NYIT took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the fourth, before WCU rallied with 11 unanswered runs to take command of the contest.
A lead-off home run by junior Ollie Goulder in the fifth inning, set the tone for a eight-run frame for the Cats, which was topped off by another Goulder home run later in the frame. The junior hit 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs.
Freshman Mat Batts (3-0) remain unblemished this season after holding NYIT scoreless in two and two-thirds of relief to collect his third victory of the season. The Pfafftown, N.C. native, allowed just one hit with two strikeouts with two walks.
Radley Haddad and Dylan de Graaf drove in a pair of base runners with a single and double, respectively, to open up the Catamount lead at 6-3. Short stop Matt Johns was then beamed by the Bears pitcher to setup a bases-loaded jam. Sophomore Ross Heffley didn't disappoint as he hammered his first career grand slam to left center to give WCU the decisive, 10-3, advantage. Goulder then hit his team-leading eighth round-tripper of the season to left field to end the inning. Cameron Dulling added another run in the sixth to make it a 12-3 contest.
de Graaf collected a three-hit afternoon with a pair of runs scored and two RBIs. Senior Tyler Kirkpatrick scored the first run for WCU in the second and finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored. Haddad relished the starting catcher role on Saturday by driving in three Catamounts, while also collecting a hit, a run and a walk. Trevor Collias and Heffley each notched two hits in the game as well.
Lefty Vance Chavis gave up two earned runs on two hits in three and a third innings pitched in the no-decision. The WCU freshmen trifecta of T.J. Page, Preston Hatcher and Jeremy Sluder allowed just one NYIT run on one hit in the final three innings with three strikeouts.
Andrew Guarrasi (0-3) took the loss for NYIT after giving up 10 earned runs on 14 hits in four and two-thirds. Centerfielder Jerry Smith led the Bears with a two-RBI double when he hit a slicing fair ball to left field in the fourth inning.
NYIT and Western Carolina will battle in the rubber-match on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Live stats and coverage of the game can be accessed online at CatamountSports.com.