April 7, 2007
Davidson, N.C. - Western Carolina took advantage of two walks in the sixth inning to score a pair of runs and then held off the Davidson Wildcats for the 2-1 win Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field. Sunday's victory completed the second-straight, three-game series for the Catamounts.
Western (20-11, 6-3 SoCon) only managed four hits - none for extra bases - in what was its sixth-straight win of the season. Both teams stranded eight base runners on the day.
Sophomore Corey Martin, making just his second start of the season, earned his third victory of the year after tossing five and a third scoreless, scattering five hits, walking one and striking out a season-best five. Freshman left-hander Chris Masters pitched an inning and two thirds in relief, striking out one and was attributed with the lone Davidson run. Junior Greg Holland collected his sixth save of the year, finishing off the final two innings with just two hits and no runs while fanning three.
After playing the first five innings scoreless, Western took the lead for good in the top of the sixth. Junior Blake Murphy drew a one out walk and then stole second in front of a second walk of the frame to classmate, Jonathan Greene. With two on, senior transfer John Ingram singled through the left side, allowing Murphy to plate his 42nd run of the season, giving WCU the 1-0 lead.
On the ensuing batter, Western pulled off a double steal as Greene took third and Ingram swiped second. The throw by Davidson catcher, Tommy Piacenza, was muffed by third baseman Chris Fitzpatrick, allowing Greene to score and Ingram to advance to home for the 2-0 advantage, which is all the Catamounts would need.
The Wildcats (15-19, 4-8 SoCon) used a lead-off single by Brett Shore in the home half of the eighth, followed by a two-out RBI single up the middle by left fielder Gregory Zage to cut Western's lead in half, 2-1. The next batter, Davidson starting pitcher who later moved to first base, Rob Wilson, doubled down the left field line to put runners at second and third. However, Holland struck out Blake Osborn to end the threat in the eighth.
Wilson was saddled with the loss for Davidson despite allowing just two runs - one of which was earned - in 7.1 innings pitched. The big right-hander struck out three while pitching around six walks.
Ingram finished the game 2-for-4 as the only Catamount to post a multiple-hit game, with just three collecting hits in the win. Freshmen Nick Liles, who came out of the game late after an apparent injury on his lone hit of the game, and Brent Greer tallied WCU's other hits on the afternoon.
The Catamounts step out of conference for their next two, traveling over the mountain to the Asheville Tourists' home, McCormick Field, this Tuesday (April 10) to square off against rival UNC Asheville in the Parkway Series. WCU will return home to host Georgia on Wednesday, April 11, before visiting SoCon-foe, UNC Greensboro next weekend.
Tuesday's game against UNCA will be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard locally in Western North Carolina on WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 in Cullowhee or online at www.WWCUFM.com. Air time Tuesday night is set for 6:45 pm, with a first pitch at 7:00 pm.