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Catamount Baseball Claims Series, Splits Senior Day Doubleheader

Sophomore slugger Andrew Bullock finished 4-for-6 on Sunday with two homers and a double. (Photo by Mark Haskett)
May 7, 2017

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Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina split its Senior Day doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium, winning the first game, 10-7, to take the Southern Conference series before dropping the finale, 18-3, in the night cap.

WCU's win on 9-3 Saturday coupled with its victory in the frontend of the twin bill on Sunday gave the Catamounts the three-game series win over Wofford. Victories in the first two games of the series extended WCU's win streak to eight-straight over the Terriers -- a streak that was snapped with the loss in the finale.

Both teams hit well in the doubleheader as the Terriers finished 33-for-82 (.402) with 12 extra base hits including three home runs, while the Catamounts were 22-of-63 (.349) on Sunday with nine extra base hits including six doubles and three homers.

Individually, senior Matt Smith extended his current team-best reached base safely streak to 28-straight games on Sunday, reaching on a single in game one before drawing a walk to reach in the finale. Junior Brett Pope also has a double-digit reached base safely streak now at 11-straight games that includes seven, multi-hit games including five, three-hit outings near the end of April.

Game One Recap: Western Carolina 10, Wofford 7
Six Catamounts posted multi-hit games in the frontend of the twin bill including a career-best 4-for-4, two home run outing by designated hitter Andrew Bullock as the Catamounts scored 10 runs over the first four innings and held off Wofford for the 10-7, series-clinching victory.

Bullock blasted the first pitch of first plate appearance over the fence in right center field to lead-off the second inning with a home run to set the tone for his offensive output. An inning later, the Chesapeake, Va., native belted a two-run homer to cap a five-run Catamount outburst, finishing off his day with a fifth inning single and a double in the seventh that just missed leaving the yard for a third round-tripper.

Junior Caleb Robinson matched Bullock with three RBI, plating a run in the first inning on a double to center before adding a third inning, two-RBI single into central as a part of a 2-for-4 performance. Redshirt senior Bryson Bowman drove in a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly and a single, finishing 2-for-4 while classmate Nobu Suzuki reached base three times with a 2-for-3, two-run performance.

Also collecting two-hit games were junior Brett Pope and freshman outfielder Andrew Robinson, who tallied a double in the eighth inning.

Leading 10-3 through four complete, Wofford managed to scratch the scoreboard for single runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings to cut the margin in half, 10-5. In the eighth, two unearned runs pulled the Terriers back to within three with a runner aboard. But senior reliever Korey Anderson came on to shut the door in the eighth before striking out two against a walk in the ninth to score the save -- his third of the season.

Junior starter Brendan Nail (5-7) battled through five innings to score the victory, scattering six hits and pitching around three walks with seven strikeouts, fanning four-straight at one stretch. The Greensboro, N.C., native limited Wofford to three runs before giving way to reliever Dylan Biumi who struck out three in two innings of work. Junior Jacob Breakfield struck out one in two thirds innings of relief before Anderson tossed the final inning and a third of hitless, scoreless relief.

Wofford starter Spencer Kulman (8-4) suffered the loss after allowing all 10 runs -- seven of which were earned -- on 10 hits with a strikeout. Reliever Rasesh Pandya scattered four hits over three innings of scoreless relief with a pair of Ks before David Ehmen and Merritt Huber combined to toss the eighth inning with a walk and a strikeout between them.

Offensively, catcher Cody Miller matched Bullock with two home runs as a part of a 3-for-4, three-RBI outing, while Kody Ruedisili and Andrew Orzel both finished 2-for-3. Max McDougald plated two in a 1-for-5 performance for the Terriers.

Game Two Recap: Wofford 18, Western Carolina 3
Wofford kept its streak intact of having not been swept in SoCon play this season, scoring in six of the seven innings in the doubleheader nightcap to cruise to the seven-inning, 18-3, victory over Western Carolina.

Seven of the nine Terrier hitters posted two-or-more hits with first baseman Brett Hash driving in five in a 4-for-5 outing. All told, Wofford tallied a season-high 21 hits in the victory.

Down 4-0 after the top of the first inning, WCU was able to cut the Terrier lead in half in the home portion of the second inning as Matt Smith drew a lead-off walk before Caleb Robinson belted a two-run home run over the fence in left to make it 4-2. That would be as close as the Catamounts would get, though, as Wofford plated five-straight runs in the third through fifth innings before a RBI single by Bowman scored Pope for WCU in the fifth to make it 9-3.

Wofford broke the game open with an eight-run top of the sixth inning before closing scoring by tacking on another marker in the top of the seventh to claim the run-ruled victory.

Pope and Suzuki combined for four of WCU's seven hits with the latter doubling as a part of a 2-for-4 performance while Bowman delivered a run-scoring single in the fifth.

Pressed into the starting role after an injury to WCU's normal weekend starter, Tristan Baker, redshirt senior Dillon Bray (2-4) was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs -- only four earned -- on seven hits with four strikeouts against five walks through two and two thirds innings. The Catamounts used three relievers, each tossing right at an inning and a third with Jake Niezen going 1.2 innings with a strikeout. Senior B.J. Nobles fanned three while Jake Moebius struck out two in relief.

Combined, WCU walked seven Terrier batters in Sunday's finale.

Austin Higginbotham (5-4) tossed a seven-inning complete game for Wofford, limiting WCU to three runs on seven hits with two strikeouts against two walks.

Western Carolina (24-22) opens a five-game road swing on Monday afternoon as it plays a rescheduled game at Kennesaw State at Stillwell Stadium in Kennesaw, Ga. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 pm. The Catamounts then travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, for a midweek nonconference game against the Bearcats on Wednesday before a three-game series at Ball State next weekend.