May 2, 2004
Elon, N.C. - Elon scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on for a 9-4 victory over Western Carolina Sunday afternoon at Latham Park. The Phoenix improves to 23-24 overall and 13-11 in the Southern Conference, while the Catamounts fall to 19-26, 8-16.
Western broke a scoreless tie, scoring two runs in the top of the fifth. Jared Greenwood had a leadoff double off the center field fence. Denver Edick then reached on a throwing error, which allowed him to advance to second and Greenwood to third. Mike McGowan followed with a two-run single to center.
In the bottom of the fifth, Elon ended the no-hitter and shutout, sending 12 men to the plate and scoring seven runs on 10 hits. Evan Erickson had a leadoff solo home run over the left-center field fence, making the score 2-1. After a strikeout, Paul Bennett, Gary Morris and Evan Tartaglia had consecutive singles to load the bases. Grant Rembert lined a two-run single to center. Drew Davis followed with a hit-and-hit single through the left side, scoring Tartaglia. Chris Price Tyler Stevens each kept the rally going as each delivered RBI singles. Then, Erickson, who started the inning with a home run, capped the scoring with a fly ball, which turned into an RBI double as the high winds allowed the ball to fall in short center field.
In the seventh, Western cut its deficit to three (7-4) with two runs. As he did in the fifth, Greenwood had a leadoff double. After an out, McGowan drove in Greenwood with a single through right side. With two outs, Zollman singled sharply off the first baseman's glove and McGowan came all the way around to score.
Elon answered with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 9-4. Rembert had a leadoff walk and, after a wild pitch, moved third on a sacrifice bunt. Western intentionally walked Price and got a strikeout. After Price stole second, the Cats intentionally walked Erickson to load the bases. Matt Stocco fisted a bloop single to left, scoring Rembert and Price.
Phoenix starting pitcher Brian Henson improved to 5-1 on the season. The senior pitched 8.0 innings, allowing six hits and four runs (three earned) with no walks and three strikeouts. Rembert, Erickson and Stocco led the way, each with two hits and two RBI.
For the Catamounts, McGowand and Greenwood accounted for five of the team's six hits. McGowan went 3-for-4 with two RBI, while Greenwood had two doubles and scored twice in four plate appearances. Zollman had Western's other hit in the game. Starting pitcher Brian Barnes (3-3) suffered the loss despite taking a no-hitter into the fifth. He would pitch 4.2 innings, allowing seven hits and six runs - all in the fifth - with four walks and five strikeouts to tie a career high. Clint Ramsey pitched 1.1 innings, allowing four hits and one run, while Bryan Bowles pitched one inning with one hit, two runs and three walks (two intentional).
Western Carolina will be off all next week as the University has final exams and graduation. The Cats will return to action on Tuesday (May 11) and Wednesday (May 12) versus UNC Asheville. Tuesday's game will be played at UNCA's Greenwood Field at 2 pm, while the teams will travel to Cullowhee on Wednesday to play at 7 pm.