The Wildcats baseball team stands at 8-0 in the Scenic West having swept the College of Eastern Utah this past weekend in Price, Utah.
In Friday's first game, Western turned it on early, scoring two runs in the first inning. Connor Eppard walked and was brought home on an RBI triple by Sean Potkay who scored on a single by Beau Day. In the sixth, Taylor Smart doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He scored on a sacrificial pop fly by Pat McMeel. The Wildcats sealed the win in seventh, which Eppard led off with a triple. He scored on an RBI single by Potkay. Day doubled, followed by a triple by Jonathan Sigado, which scored Potkay and Day. Sigado scored on a passed ball. Wildcats won 7-4. Pitcher Andrew Woeck earned the win.
The Wildcats were unstoppable in the nightcap, with Potkay grabbing a homerun in the first inning. In the forth, Smart walked and advanced to second when Bobby Pappin was hit by a pitch. Neil Lawhorn reached on an error, scoring Smart. Tanner Nielsen walked, and Chris Woolley doubled to score Pappin, Lawhorn and Neilson. In the fifth, Potkay singled, and scored when Day hit a home run. In the seventh, Sean Dwyer doubled, Pappin walked, and Lawhorn singled to score Dwyer. Brooks Klein tripled in the eighth and was brought on a sacrifice by Eppard. Potkay grabbed a homerun. In the ninth, the Wildcats finished strong, bringing in five runs. Nielsen, Klein, and Eppard singled, and scored when Potkay knocked it out of the park for grand slam homerun. Dwyer followed with a single, and scored on an RBI double by Sigado. The Wildcats topped CEU 15-4.
In Saturday's first game, WNC led off with Woolley tapping a single, followed by walks by Potkay and Sigado. Dwyer tripled to score the three runners. In the sixth inning, Smart singled and was brought in on a sacrifice fly by Woolley, and in the seventh, Day was hit by a pitch and ultimately scored on an RBI single by Smart. Wildcats won 5-2. Anthony Consiglio earned the win for WNC.
In the second game, WNC took CEU in five innings. Three runs came in the second when Klein singled, Pappin walked, and Nielsen grounded out to score Klein. Woolley singled to score Pappin, and Eppard homered. In the third, the Wildcats grabbed an additional eleven runs. Dwyer doubled, and was brought home on an RBI triple by Klein who scored on an error. Pappin reached on an error, Nielsen walked and Woolley singled to score Pappin. Eppard grounded out to score Nielsen. An RBI single by Potkay scored Woolley. Zach Hendrix walked, and a single by Smart scored Potkay. A homerun by Dwyer scored Smart and Hendrix. Klein was hit by a pitch and scored on a homerun by Pappin. In the forth, Eppard was hit by a pitch, Potkay singled and Sigado doubled to score both runners. The final score, WNC 16, CEU 2. Kody Gordon earned the win for the Wildcats.
Coach DJ Whittemore and his coaching staff were extremely happy with the way the team performed. Whittemore shared his perspective of the performance, saying, "The guys really did a nice job of approaching each game and each pitch with lots of focus. The pitchers didn't give up many free passes, and the percentage of quality at-bats was very high in all four games. I think it is the best we have played all year in a four-game stretch. We played excellent defense especially at short stop and catcher."
This weekend, WNC travels to Henderson to take on the College of Southern Nevada.
Press Release: March 16, 2011
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