April 12, 2005
Cullowhee, N.C. - Tuesday night's Western Carolina-Clemson baseball game was halted in the bottom of the fifth inning due rain which left WCU's Childress Field unplayable. The game will be resumed on April 19 at Clemson, when the Catamounts were scheduled to play the Tigers. Clemson was leading tonight's game 4-2, but Western had Nate Hall on third, Brandon Zollman on first and WCU freshman Barrett Shaft has an 0-1 count on him.
No time on the 19th has been set as of yet to resume the game. However, at its completion, Clemson and Western Carolina will play their regularly-scheduled, nine-inning game afterwards.
Heavy rains came to Hennon Stadium at 8:30 in the bottom of the fifth and the decision to halt the game came at 9:05 pm. All statistics for tonight's game will not become official until at least the bottom of the fifth is completed next Tuesday.
Clemson took an early 1-0 lead when Tyler Colvin hit a leadoff home run, his second of the season, to start the second. The Tigers used the long ball to take a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth. After a two-out walk to Kris Harvey, Andy D'Alessio hit a line drive, two-run home run that just cleared the fence down the right-field line. The blast was the sixth of the year for D'Alessio.
Western trimmed its deficit to two (3-1) and threatened to do more damage in the bottom of the fourth. After a double by Jared Greenwood, Trey McDaniel got a hit in his 15th consecutive game with an RBI single to right. With two outs, Chris Davis followed with a single to left, but McDaniel was gunned down at home on strike from Tigers' left fielder Colvin.
The Tigers tallied their fourth run of the game to start the fifth. Stan Widmann walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch, which was the first of the year by WCU starter Bryan Tupper, moved Widmann to third, but, on the attempted play at third, a Catamount throwing error allowed Widmann to score. A walk to Brad Chalk would chase Tupper, despite a solid outing by the junior. Tupper did allow four runs, only three were earned and he only allowed three hits while striking our a career-high six.
Prior to the rain in the bottom of the fifth, Jonathan Greene reached on an error and Hall walked. Zollman laid down a sacrifice bunt, but a throwing error allowed Zollman to reach, move Hall to third and score Greene. Clemson starter David Kopp got off one pitch to Shaft, a strike, before the rain came.
Western Carolina will return to league action this Friday (April 15) at Furman. First pitch is set for 7:00 pm.