April 24, 2011
Cullowhee, N.C. - Ross Heffley opened a six-run first inning for Western Carolina with a two-run home run to left to set the tone in Sunday afternoon's 25-14 rubber match victory over the Wofford Terriers at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium. WCU batted around three times in the first five innings en route to claiming the conference series.
Seniors Stephen Notaro and Austin Schultz both drove in six runs apiece with Notaro finishing 5-for-5 with a double and a home run. Schultz finished 3-for-6 with two doubles and both drew a walk. Heffley recorded four RBI in a 3-for-6 showing, belting his team-leading fifth home run of the season to stake WCU to a lead it would never relinquish.
WCU (16-20-1, 7-14 SoCon), which capitalized on five Wofford errors in the win, set seasonal highs with 25 runs on 24 hits against the Terriers. The 25 runs for the Catamounts were the most since scoring 26 in a home win over Samford during the 2009 season.
Freshman Macon Smith recorded his first career multi-hit game with his first extra base hit with a double for WCU in a 2-for-4 showing.
All but two Catamount batters recorded base hits on Sunday afternoon including six multi-hit games with WCU legging out six doubles and two home runs. Ten different hitters tallied a RBI on the day.
Preston Hatcher (2-1) earned the win for the Catamounts, tossing four innings while allowing three runs on three hits. He worked around four walks with a strikeout. Seven Catamount relievers closed the final five frames, all recording a strikeout.
Western Carolina jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning before Wofford plated three in the top of the fourth inning to trim the deficit in half, 6-3. However, the Catamounts sent 15 batters to the plate in a nine-run fourth inning to break it open, 15-3. WCU then answered a three-spot in the visitor's half of the fifth with five runs in the bottom of the frame to lead 20-6 through five innings.
Both squads bookended the stretch inning with three runs apiece before combining for three in the eighth. Wofford capped scoring with four runs in the top of the ninth inning before Darron Dotson was able to end the game with a three-pitch strikeout.
Wofford starter Tom Dolinak (3-4) was tagged with the loss after surrendering six runs - only one of which was earned - on five hits with four walks and a strikeout. The Terriers tossed five relievers out of the bullpen including Drew Sheridan the final three innings finishing with four strikeouts.
Designated hitter Mac Doyle finished 3-for-6 with a double to lead the Terriers while Josh Hyman was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and two RBI, with Matt Moore scoring three on a 2-for-3 outing including a two-bagger.
Western Carolina opens a busy week with a nonconference road game at High Point on Tuesday night at 6:00 pm before hosting Clemson on Wednesday in a rescheduled game from March 9. First pitch between the Tigers and Catamounts is scheduled for 6:00 pm at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.
WCU hosts the San Diego State Aztecs, led by MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, next weekend in a three-game nonconference series in Cullowhee.