Western Nevada Community College's first-year baseball team made history last weekend as they swept a four-game series against Colorado Northwestern Community College in their first ever games in Carson City.
"We're very happy to win all four games. This is difficult to do at any level," said Head Coach D.J. Whittemore. "It took our best effort to win, Colorado Northwestern definitely came to play."
The Wildcats hosted their first Scenic West Conference games at Carson High School's Ron McNutt Field, while their own new John L. Harvey Field is being completed.
In the first game on Friday, WNCC won 6-0 as pitcher Justin Garcia allowed three hits and struck out six to earn a complete game shutout. The Wildcats scored four runs in the second inning, which included an RBI double from Kyle Bondurant and an RBI single from Brad Carlsen. Brett Mosher added a run in the fifth by stealing home, and Jimmy Pierce grounded into a double play that scored a run in the sixth.
In the second game, the Wildcats won 4-0 by taking advantage of their four hits, including Thomas Miller's second home run blast of the season in the fourth. Western added three runs in the fifth on an RBI single from Jerahmie Libke, a sacrifice fly from Bondurant, and two CNCC errors. Pitchers Mason Tobin, Dan Grubbs and Chad Riddle allowed only four hits, while striking out seven and walking only one batter.
In the first game on Saturday, Western won 2-0 and again held their opponent scoreless behind strong pitching. Starter Cole Rohrbough allowed only two hits in 4.1 innings and struck out five. Ryan Iodence struck out three in the last 2.2 innings to earn his second save. The Wildcats scored their runs on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Libke in the second and an RBI double from Tyson Jaquez in the fifth.
WNCC closed out the weekend by winning the second game on Saturday 4-2. The Wildcats scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning highlighted by a two-run double by Bondurant. Pitcher Josh Brink allowed two runs on three hits in 3.2 innings, while winning pitcher Stephen Sauer closed out the game by striking out two and giving up one hit.
The Wildcats are off this weekend, and then will travel March 10-11 to St. George, Utah, to face perennial powerhouse Dixie State College. The next home series will be March 17-18 against Salt Lake Community College.
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