May 16, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. -
On senior night at Western Carolina, WCU senior second baseman Todd Roper went 3-for-5 with three RBI, while sophomore pitcher Brian McCullen only allowed two hits over the final five innings to lead the Catamounts (23-27, 11-16) to a series sweep over Wofford (17-29, 8-22), handing the Terriers an 8-2 setback Sunday night at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
While it was senior night, Catamount freshman Brandon Zollman
had a breakout game, collecting a career-high four hits in five at bats. Also, junior Jared Greenwood
had a three-run home run in the first, which proved to be all Western needed in the win, while junior Mike McGowan
was solid on the mound, pitching the first 4.0 innings, and at the plate with three hits.
McGowan, serving as the starting pitcher and designated hitter, was 3-for-4, running his season batting average to .372. As tonight's pitcher, he did not factor in the win, but pitched well over four innings, allowing four hits, two runs and two walks with three strikeouts. McGowan then gave way to McCullen, who picked up his second win of the week and improved to 2-4 on the season. In addition to only allowing two hits over 5.0 innings, McCullen tied a career high with five strike outs and he did not walk a batter.
In the top of the first, McGowan walked the first two batters of the game. However, he got out of the jam by getting a foul out and two strike outs. In the bottom of the inning, the WCU gave McGowan even more breathing room by scoring three runs on five hits. Zollman had a lead off single and moved to third on a perfectly executed hit-and-run single by Roper. A Chris Davis single plated Zollman and put runners on the corners. Clean up hitter Greenwood cleared the bases with a three-run home run to center, his league-leading 19th home run of the season. Also, with 19 homers, Greenwood is tied for eighth on the WCU single-season list.
In the top of the third, the Terriers got on the scoreboard when David Long came through with a two-out home run to right center. The blast was his 15th on the season and made the score 4-1.
Wofford continued to chip away at the deficit with one run in the top of the fourth, making the score 4-2. Scott Holloway had lead off single and later scored on an RBI double by Anthony Dinardo.
The Catamounts answered in the home half of the fourth. Brian Barnes had a lead off single, but was thrown out at third on a single by Dustin Penland. After a ground out sent Penland to third, Roper laid down a bunt single, scoring Penland on the play.
In the bottom of the fifth, Western got the first two runners on base thanks to a Greenwood double and an Edick walk. However, on a hit-and-run, Brian Sigmon lined out to Wofford shortstop Tony Carbone for a triple play to get out of the inning. The Cats reclaimed their second four-run lead of the game in the bottom sixth. McGowan doubled and moved to third on a strikeout. Penland followed with a sacrifice fly to center. Zollman then singled, chasing Terrier starter Jesse Cole. Chad McGill came out of the bullpen to record a ground out and end the threat.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Catamounts extended their lead to 8-2. McGowan led off with a single and, two batters later, moved to third on a Zollman double. Roper brought the two home with a double down the left field line.
For the Terriers, Cole was saddled with the loss, falling to 5-6 on the season. He allowed 12 hits and six runs in 5.2 innings with a walk and two strike outs. Dinardo led Wofford by going 3-for-4 at the plate, while he and Long drove in the team's two runs.
Western Carolina will return to action on Wednesday (May 19) versus Gardner-Webb in the Catamounts final home game of the 2004 season. First pitch is set for 7 pm.