April 11, 2010
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina matched Wofford's eight hits on Sunday afternoon but could never muster any sustained offense as the Catamounts dropped the series finale to the Terriers, 5-2. The loss for WCU, which won the best-of-three series two games to one, snaps a season-long tying string of five-straight wins, while also ending the Catamounts 23-game winning streak over Wofford that dated back to 2002.
Two Catamounts posted multiple-hit games as senior Tyler Kirkpatrick finished 2-for-4 with his eighth home run of the season, while freshman Tyler White also tallied two hits in four plate appearances. Junior Austin Schultz finished 1-for-4 with a double as WCU only collected two extra base hits in the losing effort.
The Terriers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning and built a five-run advantage in the visitor half of the seventh before the Catamounts scratched the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame. Kirkpatrick opened the scoring with a solo home run to left field with the second run coming home as Schultz touched the plate on an infield, RBI groundout by pinch hitter Russell Robertson.
WCU (21-9-1, 5-6-1 SoCon) had several opportunities to get rolling in the middle innings, but were unable to find the needed hit. In both the third and fourth innings, two singles put two aboard but were stranded. In the sixth, Matt Johns reached as a swinging third strike got away from the Terrier catcher and rolled to the backstop. However, a force play up the middle followed by a double-play ended that brewing threat.
Finally, in the eighth, WCU catcher Ollie Goulder singled to left and moved to second on a fielding error to give the Catamounts life. He progressed as far as third but was left there for the fifth stranded runner in the loss.
In addition, the Catamounts had three, 1-2-3 innings offensively.
Redshirt sophomore Vance Chavis suffered the loss for the Catamounts after allowing two earned runs on four hits in 4.2 innings of work in the start. The Laurinburg, N.C., native struck out a career-high seven batters against four walks. Freshman Mat Batts fanned three in an inning and a third, while Brandon Johnson tallied one strikeout in two and a third innings of scoreless, two-hit relief.
Wofford (10-21, 4-8 SoCon) capitalized on a lead-off walk in the fifth as Kyle Behrendt lifted a two-out single to left to score Matt Moore before crossing the plate on a double by Mac Doyle to left center for the 2-0 lead. In the seventh, a hit batsman and bunt infield single put two aboard with a balk moving runners to second and third with no outs. Behrendt then singled in the first of three runs in the frame, and Doyle rapping a second double of the game to plate the additional markers and a 5-0 lead through six and a half.
Behrendt finished 2-for-5 with two RBI while Doyle was 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in for the Terriers.
Starter John Cornely (2-5) earned his second victory of the season after working six and a third innings, scattering seven hits and both of WCU's runs while striking out six. Relievers Cash Collins and Drew Sheridan combined to toss the final two and two thirds with the latter fanning three WCU hitters to capture his second save of the year.
Coming off a stretch where 10 of the last 11 games were at home, WCU opens a stretch where eight of the next nine games will be contested on the road beginning Wednesday evening at nationally-ranked Clemson.
Wednesday's game will be broadcast by the Catamount Sports Network and can be heard online at www.CatamountSports.com. Air time is 6:15 pm, with the first pitch coming at 6:30 pm.