Nov. 7, 2007
Cullowhee, N.C. - Facing a possible sweep in the 2007 Catamount Baseball Fall World Series, Gold (Team Tempo) forced a deciding game three with a 6-4 victory over Black (Team RSB), Tuesday evening at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
After a strategic scratch from the starting pitching duties in game one, senior Tyler Sexton and junior Drew Saberhagen both took the mound Tuesday, with Sexton picking up the win after giving up two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings, including a game-high five strikeouts. Despite getting the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits on the mound, Saberhagen did his most damage at the plate, going 2-3 and being the only player on either team to record two RBIs.
The Black Squad struck first in the game, on the strength of doubles by Barrett Shaft and Brent Greer, who was driven home by Tyler Kirkpatrick to put the Black up 2-0 going into the bottom of the first. Gold would answer with one run in both the first and second innings to tie the game at two apiece. Catcher Blake Murphy, who went 2-2 in the ballgame, helped put the Gold team on the board with an RBI single in the first.
The score would remain knotted up until the Gold opened the offensive floodgates in the fourth and fifth innings, notching a pair of runs in both frames to go up 6-3 after five. Team Tempo was surprisingly led offensively by junior pitcher Garrett Ozar, who went 1-2 with the game's only triple, and sophomore Nick Liles, the team's first overall pick in Saturday's draft, who started the game off with a push bunt single to open up the scoring.
Freshman Brandon Johnson
picked up the save in 1.1 innings of relief work, holding Team RSB scoreless and striking out two. The Black Squad's reliever, sophomore Daniel Ottone
, pitched exceptionally well in his two innings, giving up only one hit with a pair of strikeouts.
Gold's win evens the Fall World Series at one game apiece and forces a game three, scheduled to go a full nine innings, tonight (Wednesday) at 4:45 at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
WWCU-FM, Power 90dot5 will be broadcasting their "In The Litterbox" sports talk show live from the stadium from 6:30-8:00 pm. Co-hosts Josh Thompson and Daniel Hooker will have a jam-packed show in store, with discussion about the WCU golf team's dominant win in the WCU Intercollegiate this past weekend, the start of the basketball season for both the Western men's and women's teams, and of course, lots of talk about the upcoming "Battle for the Old Mountain Jug" football game against the arch-rival Mountaineers of Appalachian State.
Fans can listen to the show live online by logging onto www.WWCUFM.com.