May 15, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina junior Brad Josey pitched his first complete game of the season and his second nine-inning, complete-game of his career as the Catamounts held on to defeat Wofford, 6-4, Saturday afternoon at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. The Catamounts better their record to 22-27 overall and 10-16 in the SoCon, while the Terriers fall to 17-28 and 8-21.
Josey, who threw 104 pitches, scattered nine hits, allowing four runs (three earned) and a walk with four strikeouts. The junior from Charlotte improves to 4-4 on the season., Offensively for the Catamounts, Brian Sigmon recorded three RBI while going 3-for-4 at the plate with Todd Roper and Jared Greenwood each recording two hits a piece.
Western Carolina got things going in the bottom of the first, scoring two runs. Roper led off with a double into right center, advanced to third on a wild pitch. After a Greenwood walked and moved to second on a wild pitch, the Cats had runners on second and third. With Denver Edick at the plate, Roper stole home for the first run of the game. One batter later, Brian Sigmon drove in Greenwood with a single up the middle.
Wofford answered back in the top of the second, plating one runner and making the score 2-1. Scott Holloway led the inning off by reaching on a an error. Consecutive singles by Stephen Johnson and Anthony Dinardo loaded the bases. Zach Pittman delivered an RBI single to left. However, on the play, Johnson was thrown out at home to limit the damage.
The Cats returned the favor in the bottom of the second, moving four runners across and extending the lead to 6-1. Clint Ramsey started the inning off with a single through the left side and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dustin Penland. Roper plated Ramsey with a single, and later scored on a single by Chris Davis. Greenwood and Denver Edick followed with a walks, loading the bases. As he did in the first inning, Sigmon came through with a big hit, driving in Greenwood and Edick with a two-run single through the left side.
However, in the top of the third Wofford scored two runs to cut the lead to 6-3. Steve Casey led the inning off with a walk and moved to second on a groundout by Long. Two batters later, Holloway drove in Casey with a triple to right field. Johnson followed with a double to left-center to plate Holloway.
After that, Josey and Wofford relief pitcher Austin Redwine settled down, as no team scored from the bottom of the third until the top of the ninth. At that time, Wofford capped the scoring thanks to a double by pinch hitter D.J. Rhodes and a single by pinch hitter Steven Fusaro.
Wofford starter Jared Rampey (4-7) suffered the loss for Wofford, pitching 1.2 innings giving up six runs on five hits with three walks. Redwine only allowed four hits with no runs and a strikeout in 5.1 innings pitched. The Terriers were led offensively by Johnson who went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Catamounts and Terriers conclude the series Sunday (May 16). The game is scheduled to start at 7 pm at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium. Sunday's game is also senior night for the senior baseball players, WCU will honor the seniors before the game.