April 25, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. -
After getting a complete-game shutout on Saturday from Chris Mason, Spartan pitcher Ryan Falcon duplicated the feat on Sunday as UNC Greensboro (26-10, 11-7 Southern Conference) defeated Western Carolina (17-24, 7-14 SoCon) 8-0 Sunday afternoon at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
Falcon (1-3) only allowed six hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Offensively, Jay Maule went 4-for-5 with five RBI to lead the Spartans.
The Spartans got on the board first as the lead off batter, Jeremy Roulin drew a walk. Maule followed with a two-run home run, giving him six for the season and making the score 2-0.
In the second inning UNC Greensboro scored five runs on three hits, making the score 7-0. The Spartans got consecutive walks by Nate Alden, Jesse Lavender and Roulin to start the inning. Maule followed with a three-run triple to make the score 5-0. The next batter, Justin Crist found a gap down the left field line for an RBI double, scoring Maule on the play. Crist then moved to third on a single by Danny Valencia and scored one batter later on an infield single by Chris Mason.
Falcon and WCU relief pitcher Daniel Lindner went back and fourth through four innings, not allowing a run by either team.
However, in the seventh inning, UNC Greensboro extended its lead to 8-0. Ryan Galligan welcomed new Catamount pitcher Brian McCullen with a double, moving to third on a Alden single. Galligan would later score on a double play ground out by Lavender.
Western Carolina starting pitcher Derrick Hawk (1-4) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on three hits in one-plus innings pitched. Lindner held the Spartans scoreless in his 4.2 innings pitched, scattering five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Offensively for the Cats, Wayne Kilmer and Todd Roper accounted for four of WCU's six hits, each collecting two hits.
The Catamounts return to action Tuesday, April, 27 at home verses Tennessee Tech. The scheduled start time is 7 pm.