April 20, 2009

Baseball Team Now One Game Ahead

Wildcats Cling to SWAC Lead

Kramer Champlin pitched his way into the record books with the first no hitter in Western Nevada College's four-year baseball history, a 1-0 victory over College of Southern Idaho Friday. Western took three of four games from the Golden Eagles and maintained a one game lead over College of Southern Nevada with eight games to play.

Western hosts Salt Lake Community College this weekend before it wraps up the regular season against Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely on May 1 and 2.

Western hopes to win the regular season championship and play host to the Scenic West Athletic Conference post-season tournament that begins Wednesday, May 6.

Champlin has been Coach DJ Whittemore's ace in the bullpen all season, pitching 29.1 innings of relief. But when Jordan Lewis was unable to start on Friday, the freshman took on a new role as starter, striking out six, walking three, and hitting one batter.

It took great pitching and excellent fielding to beat Southern Idaho. The only scoring was a solo shot by Western catcher Jerome Pena in the fifth inning.

The second game saw Western take the lead in the first inning and never look back as Travis Feiner and Mike Long had RBI hits. Pena scored on an error in the fourth and Western broke the game open in the sixth and seventh, scoring three runs in each inning.

Feiner again hurt the Golden Eagles with a double that scored three after an error and two walks put men on board. In the seventh, Jay Skilton and Daniel Zylstra singled and Mike Stiles doubled, bringing in two. Lance Ray then singled, scoring Stiles.

Western pitching ace Josh Moody gave up only three hits and one run in 5.1 innings, for his third win against no losses. Kyle Starratt pitched 1.2 inning of relief.
In Saturday's first game, Western put the ball in play but could only push across one run in the final inning as CSI won 5-1. Western had five hits in the seven-inning contest. David Carroll took the loss, pitching 5.2 innings, with Jeff Barto hurling 1.1 innings in relief.

Western prevailed in the second game when Brian Barnett, the conference's 2008 Player of the Year, hit a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to win the game 3-2. Barnett is leading the conference with 29 RBI and has a .348 batting average.

Feiner continued his hot hitting Saturday with a single in the first inning that scored two. CSI scored single runs in the third and seventh while Western's bats were silent until Barnett's hit that scored Skilton.

Kyle Starratt won the game with 2.1 innings of relief. Starter Jordan Lewis went 4.2 innings. Each pitcher gave up four hits and one run.

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