April 4, 2013
Asheville, N.C. - Western Carolina was limited to a season-low three base hits on Wednesday night as UNC Asheville blanked the Catamounts, 15-0, in mid-week, nonconference action at historic McCormick Field. The Bulldogs pounded out a season-high 20 hits in splitting the two series meetings this week.
WCU was shutout for the first time this season, and the first time since falling to fourth-seeded - and eventual tournament champion - Samford in the first round of last year's SoCon Baseball Championship. Wednesday marked UNCA's first-ever shutout victory over WCU in a series that dates back to 1985 and spans 73 all-time meetings.
The Bulldogs broke open a scoreless affair with three runs in the home half of the third before seizing control with five consecutive base hits - and seven all told - as a part of a seven-run fifth inning to pull ahead by double-digits, 10-0. UNCA tacked on five runs in the home portion of the seventh inning to provide the final tally.
Western Carolina (17-14) only managed six base runners in the game, three reaching on base hits, two walks and a hit batsman. Tyler White led the Catamounts by reaching base three times in the loss, collecting one of the trio of hits while also drawing a walk and was hit by a pitch in the first inning. Junior Aaron Attaway and sophomore Bradley Strong had the other two hits, all three singles off UNCA pitching.
The Catamounts' best threat on the night came in the ninth inning as Attaway led-off with a single, stretching his reaching safely streak to 21-straight games. A one-out walk to White put two aboard with both moving to second and third, respectively, as Jacob Hoyle grounded out to the right side of the infield. However, a strikeout ended WCU's threat and the ball game.
WCU starter Jon Nadale (0-1) struck out four in three and two thirds innings on the hill, surrendering three runs on four hits in taking the loss for WCU. Jonathan Waszak struck out one in his two thirds of work while freshman Thomas Young made his collegiate debut, fanning three in two innings of work.
UNCA (9-21) had seven hitters post multiple-hit games including a 4-for-5, two RBI day for Tommy Houmard while Ian Graham drove in five on a 3-for-4 showing despite being retired twice in UNCA's seven-run fifth inning.
Bulldog starting pitcher Corey Randall (2-3) held WCU to just two hits through six innings of his start, walking one against two strikeouts. Reliever Dean Roland recorded two strikeouts in a perfect two innings while Dillon Tabar worked around a walk and single with two strikeouts in the ninth.
Western Carolina returns to Southern Conference play this weekend with a three-game set against the Furman Paladins at Latham Park in Greenville, S.C. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 pm with Saturday's game set for 4 pm and 1 pm on Sunday afternoon.