April 27, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Jared Greenwood hit two home runs and Clint Ramsey went 4-for-4 to lead Western Carolina to a 12-3 decision over Tennessee Tech Tuesday night at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. The Catamounts improve to 18-24, while the Golden Eagles fall to 13-19.
Greenwood now has 16 home runs to lead the Southern Conference. With his 4-for-4 performance tonight, Ramsey improves his season batting average 268 points to .554 on the season, now batting 6-for-11. Also, five Catamount pitchers combined to strike out a season-high 14 batters, including three by Caleb McConnell, five by Brian Barnes, three by Jeremy Ellenburg, two by Bryan Bowles and one by Brian McCullen.
The Catamounts struck first in the bottom of the first inning to make the score 1-0. Wayne Kilmer reached on an error and two batters later scored on a Brian Sigmon double to left.
The Cats scored two runs in the bottom of the second to extent the lead to 3-0. Denver Edick was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a botched pickoff attempt. The next batter Mike McGowan singled to right to drive in Edick, but was thrown out trying to advance to second. Ramsey doubled to left, Brandon Zollman singled and Todd Roper was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kilmer followed with a walk to plate Ramsey and keep the bases loaded. However, TTU pitcher Matthew Edwards recorded two strikeouts to end the threat.
The Cats put four runs on the board to make the score 7-0 in the third inning. Lead off batter, Greenwood pounded one over the left field wall. Two batters later, McGowan drew a walk and Ramsey found a gap in left field to double and drive in McGowan. A ground out by Zollman advanced Ramsey to third. Roper singled into left to plate Ramsey. Roper would advance to second on a wild pitch and score on throwing error by the catcher.
In the bottom of the fourth the Cats scored four runs to extend the lead to 11-0. Greenwood blasted his second home run of the day in the over the center field wall. Consecutive walks by Edick and McGowan put runners on first and second. Ramsey singled and drove in Edick and Zollman cleared the bases with a two-run triple into right center.
Tennessee Tech. got on the board in the top of the fifth to make the score 11-1, as Kenny Stiles singled into right. The next batter Brandon Selvog, drove in Stiles with a triple down the line.
The Catamounts answered back with a run in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 12-1. Chris Davis was hit by a pitch, and a double by Sigmon moved Davis to third. A Greenwood sacrifice plated Davis.
The Golden Eagles picked up two in the top of the ninth making the score 12-3. Lead off hitter, J.D. Drunkenmiller drew a walk and Grant French singled to move Drunkenmiller over to second. The next batter, Philip Hatch singled up the middle to score Drunkenmiller and load the bases. Josh Eye grounded out to first base to plate French and cap the scoring for the Eagles.
Barnes picked up the win, improving to 3-2. He pitched four innings allowing one run off four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. McConnell started for the Cats, striking out the only three batters he faced.
In addition to Ramsey's four hits, Sigmon three hits, while Greenwood and Zollman each added two. Greenwood led the way with three RBI with Ramsey and Zollman each driving in two as well.
For the Golden Eagles, Edwards (0-5) suffered the loss, pitching 3.2 innings and allowing 11 runs off 10 hits.
Western hits the road to take on Elon for a three-game series, Friday, April, 30. Friday's game is at 7:00 pm and will be played at the Burlington Athletic Stadium. Saturday and Sunday's games are at 1:30 pm at Elon.