May 14, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina senior Todd Roper came through with a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth and Chris Davis followed with the game-winning single as the Catamounts pulled past Wofford, 4-3, Friday night at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. Western improves to 21-27 overall and 9-16 in the SoCon, while Wofford falls to 17-27, 9-20.
In addition to getting the game winner, Davis led the way offensively for the Cats, going 3-for-5, while Jared Greenwood, Denver Edick and Mike McGowan each recorded two hits.
The Catamounts got on the board first in the bottom of the fourth scoring one run in to make the score 1-0. Greenwood took the first pitch of the inning and hit is league-leading 18th home run.
The Terriers answered back in the top of the fifth, as Scott Holloway hit his second home run of the season to even the score at 1-1.
However, Mike McGowan connected on his second home run on year in the bottom of the sixth to retake the lead, 2-1.
In the top of the seventh, Wofford put one runner across to even the game up at 2-2. Holloway reached on an error and moved to second on a stolen base. Two batters later, Zach Pittman doubled down the left field line to score Holloway.
The Catamounts put up one run in the bottom of the eighth to retake a one-run lead (3-2). Greenwood started the inning off with a triple to left center. Two batters later, Denver Edick followed with an RBI double down the left field line to plate Greenwood.
Wofford found an answer in the top of the ninth, scoring one run to knot the score back up at 3-3. Designated hitter David Dufour lead off with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on a balk. Holloway would bring Dufour home on an RBI ground out to short.
(3-4) picked up his third win of the season, pitching two innings and allowing one run on zero hits with two strikeouts. Caleb McConnell
pitched well, but did not figure in the decision. The sophomore went 7.0 innings with five hits and two runs (one earned) with no walks and seven strikeouts.
Wofford relief pitcher Charles Vartarian (5-6) suffered the loss for the Terriers, pitching the final 2.2 innings and giving up four hits and two runs with five strikeouts. Chris Clark pitched the first six frames for Wofford, allowing six hits, two runs and two walks with three strikeouts. Holloway led the Terriers offensively with one hit - a home run - two RBI and two runs scored.
Western and Wofford continue the series Saturday (May. 15) with the first pitch scheduled for noon at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.