Senior Tyler Kirkpatrick hit his team-leading 13th double of the season in Sunday's loss to UNC Greensboro.
May 2, 2010
Cullowhee, N.C. -
UNC Greensboro rapped out 15 base hits and capitalized on seven walks and four Catamount errors to take Sunday's rubber match in the three-game Southern Conference series with a 14-2 victory over Western Carolina at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium.
It is the first time since 2004 that the Catamounts had not taken the SoCon series over the Spartans, dropping both of the two games that were played back in the '04 season with the third cancelled due to inclement weather.
After coming on as an injury substitution for the Spartans in the second inning, first baseman Joey Frabasile recorded a game-high four hits including two doubles, finishing 4-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored to lead UNCG. Frabasile was one of five Spartan hitters to post a multi-hit game.
For the Catamounts, four players recorded two hits apiece led by Tyler Kirpatrick who legged out his team-leading 13th double of the season to represent WCU's lone extra base hit on the afternoon. The senior from Charlotte, N.C., finished 2-for-4 with a run scored. He was joined at 2-for-4 by classmate Trevor Collias who also stole a base, with freshman Bryant Noteboom finishing 2-for-3 for his second-consecutive multi-hit game, adding his first collegiate stolen base as WCU swiped four including two by Cameron Dullnig.
Junior Austin Schultz also tallied two hits for the Catamounts, finishing 2-for-5 with a pair of singles.
Making his first collegiate start, freshman Preston Hatcher (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs - only one of which was earned - on four hits in three and a third innings of work. The Catamounts used a combined seven pitchers including six in relief, walking seven while striking out five including a team-high five by Andrew Blackwell with Kyle Stewart tossing the longest in relief after working two and a third with one strikeout.
UNCG starter Colby Hyatt (7-3) scattered WCU's 10 base hits through eight innings of work to earn the victory. He struck out seven against just one walk while also having the benefit of three double plays turned behind him by the Spartan infield. Matt Parish worked the ninth inning, striking out two of the four batters he faced with a hit batter as his only blemish.
Western Carolina will break for final exams this week with its next SoCon series against Furman spread over four days next weekend in Cullowhee. With graduation ceremonies on both campuses next Saturday, the teams will open the set with a 1:00 pm first pitch on Friday before returning to the diamond for 3:00 pm starts on Sunday and Monday.