April 11, 2011

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WNC Completes CNCC Sweep

The Western Nevada College baseball team won in a big way this past weekend in Rangely, Colo. They swept Colorado Northwestern Community College in a four-game series. The wins, coupled with a loss by Salt Lake Community College, put WNC and SLCC in a tie for the top spot in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

In Friday's opener, it was errors by the Spartans that opened the doors for WNC. The Wildcats grabbed four runs when Zach Hendrix reached on an error and scored when Pat McMeel reached by error. Taylor Smart walked, and a single Tanner Nielsen loaded the bases. Chris Woolley also reached on an error, which scored Nielsen, Smart and McMeel. In the final inning, Connor Eppard was hit by a pitch, Beau Day walked and Bobby Pappin smacked a homerun to score the runners. The final score, 7-4.

Pitcher Chris Garrison started on the mound for the Wildcats. He pitched 4.1 innings, faced 19 batters and managed 4 strikeouts. He was relieved by Brandon Jackson who faced 12 batters and struck out three. Andrew Woeck came in to close for the Wildcats, striking out both batters put in front of him. Garrison got the win, and Woeck earned the save for Western.

Western came alive in the second match-up, knocking 13 hits and scoring 12 runs. Sean Potkay went 3-4, tapping two singles and reaching once on an error. Eppard hit a single and an RBI double to go 2-3. Donald Glover also went 2-3, grabbing two singles. Day smacked a solo homerun and Pappin knocked a three-run homer. Smart (RBI), Pappin, Sean Dwyer and Brooks Klein also had singles for the Wildcats. Tim Peterson got the win for WNC. He pitched five innings, faced 21 batters and struck out five. He was relieved by Tyler Spencer. The final score, 12-2.

On Saturday, the Wildcats continued to show what they are made of. They took the first game in five innings, nabbing 13 runs and nine hits. Pappin went 3-4, with two singles and a double. Dwyer knocked a three-run homerun, Smart smacked a triple, and Woolley and Klein each snagged doubles for Western. Singles came from Eppard and Hendrix. Kody Gorden went the distance on the mound for WNC. He faced 20 batters and struck out six. The final score, 13-1.

In the final game, Western put up 17 runs and 12 hits to stop CNCC in five innings. Klein and Hendrix both went 2-2. Klein had two singles, and Hendrix got a single and a double. Glover went 2-4 with two RBI doubles. Additional hits from WNC included an RBI triple by Eppard and RBI doubles by Smart and Dwyer. McMeel, Woolley and Pappin each had singles. Woeck got the win for Western. He pitched three innings, allowed no hits and struck out three batters, and was relieved by Jason Wittwer. The final score, 17-2.

Coach DJ Whittemore said, "Our team has been on fire, and I believe we've been steeled by the experience. We've accomplished so much to this point in the season, and we're looking forward to continuing to get better down the stretch."

Whittemore credits the team's leadership for the perseverance under difficult conditions. "We are very fortunate to have so many players with outstanding character on the team."

The Wildcats have finished a long tour on the road, competing 36 times in the past ten weeks. They faced 11 teams in 10 different cities, won 28 of 40 games and completed the best road record in conference play in the program's history, winning 17 of 20 games. They return to John L. Harvey Field, Friday-Saturday, April 15-16, noon and 2 p.m., to host the College of Eastern Utah. They will enjoy four consecutive weeks of home stand play to round out the season.

Press Release: April 12, 2011

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