WNC holds SWAC lead with sweep
Western Nevada College swept a four-game series against Colorado Northwestern this weekend and is now riding an eight-game winning streak heading into this weekend's home stand against Eastern Utah.
The wins also keep Western's baseball team atop the standings in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. The 'cats are now 17-3 in conference play and 23-9 overall. WNC has a one game lead over Southern Nevada (16-4, 24-12).
Friday's games at John L. Harvey Field were the Wildcats' home opener against the SWAC's last place team. Western took both ends of a doubleheader from the Spartans, 4-0 and 11-1. Saturday, WNC dominated 6-0 and 8-1.
On Friday, pitcher Jordan Lewis had no trouble keeping the Spartans from scoring during his six-inning stint. He gave up only three hits and struck out seven batters. Logan Odom came on in relief in the seventh and preserved the shutout. Western got all the runs it needed in its half of the first inning with a Lance Ray double bringing in Jerome Pena and then Ray coming home on a Travis Feiner single. In the fifth, Barnett scored from third on an error by the catcher and Ray scored on an error.
In Friday's second game, pitcher Kyle Starratt was staked to a lead in the second inning and never looked back as the Wildcats won in a shortened game due to the ten-run rule. Brian Barnett hit a home run in the first inning on the first pitch he saw to set the tone for the afternoon. The 'cats had a big fifth inning with six runs scored to end the game at 11-0.
Saturday's games were more of the same as Wildcat pitching, hitting and defense were too much for the Spartans. David Carroll struck out seven hitters and walked two to shut out CNCC. Josh Moody pitched two innings of relief, giving up one hit and one walk.
Offensively, Western struck in the second inning on a Mike Long double, scoring Marshall Kennebrew and Daniel Zylstra. Zylstra scored again during the fifth inning when the 'cats tallied three runs. In the inning, Long had an RBI single and Jay Skilton sacrificed to bring Long home. The final was 6-0.
In the second game, Javy Perez won the game with three complete innings. Coach DJ Whittemore utilized four pitchers to give his relief staff some work. Kramer Champlin pitched two innings and Jeff Barto and Jeremy Gendlek each had one inning.
Jerome Pena had three RBI on three hits, and Brett Moravec had two RBI on three hits. Western scored two runs in its first at bat and didn't allow Colorado Northwestern a run until the sixth inning. The final was 8-1.
Press Release: March 30, 2009
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