May 13, 2007
Spartanburg, S.C. - Senior Kenny Smith was 3-for-4 with three RBI, including a pair of doubles and a triple while extend his hitting streak to 19-games, and junior Jonathan Greene had five RBI, including a three-run homer as Western Carolina completed the Southern Conference series sweep over the Wofford Terriers with a 14-1 victory Sunday afternoon at Russell C. King Field.
Western (37-15, 18-6 SoCon) starting pitcher Corey Martin (5-2) pitched six innings of three hit ball while only allowing one run to earn his fifth win of the season. After yielding a double to Emre Caglayan in the bottom of the second, Martin retired 11-consecutive batters including three of his four strikeouts on the day while only allowing one walk on the afternoon.
WCU opened the scoring in the top of the first as Wofford starting pitcher, Adam Kearney, walked junior Blake Murphy and Smith before hitting Greene being with a pitch to load the bases for senior John Ingram. Ingram belted a two-RBI single to right clearing the bases and advancing to third on a two base error by Terrier right-fielder, Sterling Dye, to put the Catamounts up, 3-0. Freshman Nick Liles reached base on a throwing error by shortstop Mike Gilmartin allowing Ingram to score from third to extend the Catamount lead to 4-0 after half an inning.
Wofford (23-20, 6-18 SoCon) posted their only run of the game in the bottom of the first on a solo home run by center fielder Bradford Eaves to cut the Catamount lead to 4-1.
With both teams remaining scoreless after three complete, Western posted five runs in the fourth compliments of a bases loaded walk by junior Steven Strausbaugh, followed by a bases clearing three-RBI triple to the right field gap by Smith, pushing the Catamount lead to 8-1. Greene drove in the final run of the inning on a groundout to second base to score Smith from third.
After Murphy reached base on one of his game-high four walks on the day, he advanced to third on a Smith double in front of Greene who launched a three-run home run - his third in two days - that pushed the Catamount lead to 12-1.
Western added two more runs, one in the seventh on a bases loaded walk by Murphy and one in the eighth on Smith's second double of the afternoon to give Western a 14-1 victory.
Senior Brock Thornburg, freshman Chris Masters, and junior closer Greg Holland each pitched an inning each as they combined for two hits, one walk and three strikeouts over the final three frames to preserve the 18th conference victory for the Catamounts, matching the total SoCon wins earned in 2005.
Greene finished the day 2-for-4 with driving in a game-high five Catamount base runners while also scoring twice. Ingram was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI while Liles posted a 2-for-5 day at the plate. After going perfect on Saturday at 5-for-5 with three homers, Murphy drew four walks in Sunday's finale.
Smith continues to move his way towards the top of the record books, moving into a tie for third place with Donovan Minero on the WCU single-season RBI chart with 74 RBI on the year, 11 shy of breaking the school record and 14 shy of setting a new Southern Conference record.
The Catamounts will return home for a mid-week game against the High Point Panthers on Tuesday, May 15 with first pitch slated for 7:00 pm at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium before hosting the Georgia Southern Eagles on Thursday through Saturday to conclude the regular season.
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