April 2, 2011

Salt Lake Grabs Three of Four

The Western Nevada College baseball team dropped into second place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference after a tough weekend at Salt Lake Community College, the top ranked junior college baseball team. The Wildcats opened strong with a 5-3 win, but then lost three games to end the series. That left 14th ranked WNC with a 24-12 overall record, 17-3 in the SWAC.

"We found out the hard way why SLCC is No. 1 in the country," said WNC Coach DJ Whittemore. "They outplayed us all weekend - out-hit, out-pitched, out-coached us, no excuses."

The Wildcats won the opener with solid production, earning five runs off seven hits, compared with only three runs off 10 hits for the Bruins. Left-fielder Chris Wooley went 2-3 at bat, with an RBI and two runs scored. First baseman Sean Potkay went 2-4 with an RBI and a hit. Starting pitcher Anthony Consiglio got the win, improving to 4-1 on the mound.

WNC's offense went largely silent in games two and three, which ended 10-1 and 9-2. Only Potkay managed a hit in game two, and centerfielder Connor Eppard scored the only Wildcats run. In game three, WNC could not capitalize on a 1-0 lead in the second inning, allowing four Bruins runs in the third, and allowing four more in the fifth. WNC scored on RBI singles by catcher Pat McMeel in the second inning, and shortstop Tanner Nielson in the fourth. Designated hitter Beau Day went 2-2 and scored the sole run.

In the finale, the Wildcats battled to 4-3 loss, falling behind 3-0 before tying the score 3-3 in the sixth inning, and losing 4-3 after eight innings. The Wildcats outhit the Bruins 9-8, including Potkay who went 2-3, and hits by Day, Eppard, Whooley, Sean Dwyer, Donald Glover, and Zack Hendrix.

"We didn't get enough hits, make enough plays, or make enough pitches," Whittemore said. "The one thing we did do was compete with class on every pitch for 20 innings. Our guys really understand what it means to give everything they have, and we left it on the field."

The Wildcats head for Colorado Northwestern Community College this weekend before returning to John L. Harvey Field in Carson City April 15-16 to face College of Eastern Utah.

Press Release: April 4, 2011

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