First home series Friday, March 27
Western Nevada College's Wildcats baseball team began Scenic West Athletic Conference play in a big way with a 4-0 sweep at College of Eastern Utah last weekend. WNC dominated Friday's doubleheader 17-5 and 28-5. Saturday, the 'Cats prevailed 9-0 and 3-2.
The series ran Western's win streak to eight, and its overall record to 10-6, 4-0 in conference. WNC has won its past eight games by a combined score of 119 to 19. But the Wildcats will face strong competition this weekend in a four-game series against cross-state rival College of Southern Nevada
"Southern Nevada has the edge as far as playing quality competition," Coach DJ Whittemore said. "They're prepared because they've played nothing but nationally ranked teams for the past five weeks.
"They play hard and they are very talented, especially on the mound. This weekend will be a great test for us," Whittemore said. "As a program we enjoy these types of challenges. We're anxious to find out how good we are."
Infielder Lance Ray maintained his torrid pace at the plate with six RBI in Saturday's games and a home run. Ray, who is leading the conference in both average (.517) and home runs (5), showed he could also be timely. The weekend's only one-run game was the nightcap on Saturday. Ray hit a double in the top of the seventh with the Wildcats trailing 2-0. An RBI single by Marshall Kennebrew was followed by a double steal to tie the game. In the 10th inning, Jerome Pena tripled and Cory Raymond hit a sacrifice fly to win the game.
Other Wildcat players hitting the ball well were Brian Barnett from McQueen High in Reno, who hit safely in all six at-bats Friday. Jordan Lewis was the winning pitcher in Friday's first game and Kyle DiMartino won the second.
In Saturday's games, Javy Perez won the first game, pitching five innings with David Carroll in relief. In the second, four pitchers contributed to the effort: Jeremy Gendlek, Rusty Devitt, DiMartino and Kramer Champlin, with Champlin credited for the win.
The Wildcats were originally scheduled to play this weekend's games at home, but have moved the series to Henderson due to the wintry weather. The switch means that the team will enjoy an extended home stand beginning Friday, March 27, when they will play five straight weekend home series at John L. Harvey Field in Carson City.
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