April 25, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - With the forecast of inclement weather in the Piedmont Triad over the weekend, officials at UNC Greensboro have announced a schedule change for three-game Southern Conference baseball series between Western Carolina and the Spartans at the on-campus UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Friday's series opener will be played as scheduled at 6:00 pm. However, Sunday's series finale has been bumped up to Saturday as the teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 pm.
All three games are scheduled to be broadcast on the Catamount Sports Network with streaming audio (free) through CatamountSports.com. Air time and pregame show begin 15 minutes prior to the announced first pitch time. Fans can get involved with the broadcast by E-mailing CatamountSports@hotmail.com, and can also follow the action through Catamount Athletics official Twitter feed, @Catamounts.
Western Carolina (27-17, 15-6 SoCon) has won eight straight games in league play including sweeping Samford and Georgia Southern on back-to-back weekends in SoCon action. The Catamounts enter the weekend with a game lead over second-place Elon, which visits GSU this weekend in Statesboro, Ga.
The Catamounts took two of the three series meetings over UNCG a season ago in Cullowhee, winning a Saturday double-header, 16-2 and 6-5 in 11 innings, before dropping the series finale, 5-1, on Sunday. WCU will look to snap a three-game slide against the Spartans in Greensboro as the Catamounts were swept in the most recent road series meeting back in 2011 - falling by counts of 5-4, 11-4 and 9-6.
WCU will keep its set weekend rotation with reigning SoCon Pitcher of the Week, sophomore RHP Jeremy Null (4-2, 4.31) going to the mound on Friday with redshirt senior LHP Morgan McKinney (2-2, 4.09) toeing the rubber in Saturday's first game. Playing just minutes from his hometown of Liberty, junior RHP Jordan Smith (3-3, 4.04) will get the ball in game three of the series on Saturday evening.
The weekend series pits two of the more offensive teams in the Southern Conference. UNCG paces the league at .302 on the season while WCU has raised its collective batting average to .299 on the year. The Catamounts lead the SoCon in total hits at 470 with 161 going for extra bases - including a SoCon and NCAA-leading 109 doubles and 40 home runs, second in the conference and tied for sixth nationally. The Spartans have 446 base hits this year to rank second in the SoCon with 136 extra base hits including 90 doubles and 14 triples - both ranking second.
First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6:00 pm.