WNC Wins Four
Western Nevada College remains tied for first place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference after sweeping a four-game series at home last weekend against College of Eastern Utah at John L. Harvey Field in Carson City. WNC won 7-4, 10-0, 15-6 and 10-2.
With the wins, the Wildcats improved to 25-3 in the Scenic West Athletic Conference, and 31-13 overall. The Wildcats are ranked No. 14 in the latest NJCAA Division 1 baseball poll. Eastern Utah stands fifth in the SWAC at 3-25, 13-33.
The Wildcats fell behind both days in the opening games but relied on solid hitting and teamwork to ultimately dominate the series.
On Friday, Eastern Utah jumped out to a 4-0 lead as WNC struggled on the mound. The momentum changed when Brooks Klein socked a three-run homer in the third inning, followed by RBIs from Donald Glover Jr., and Tanner Nielsen. WNC added two more runs on a home run by Beau Day.
In game two, the Wildcats started swinging from the start, scoring eight runs on three hits and a CEU error in the first inning. Centerfielder Connor Eppard smacked a three-run homer to set the tone. Shortly afterward, designated hitter Day hit an RBI triple to the left field fence. Leftfielder Glover and second baseman Taylor Smart each added RBIs. The Wildcats scored two more runs in the sixth inning on a single by Neil Lawhorn and an RBI single by Zach Hendrix.
On Saturday, Eastern Utah led 5-3 after the first inning, and then held a 6-6 tie until the bottom of the fifth when the Wildcats pulled ahead with a five-run rally. WNC finished with 15 runs on 15 hits led by Eppard, who went 3-4 with one run and three RBIs, Chris Woolley, who hit 3-4 including three runs and an RBI; Glover, who hit 2-3 with two runs scored; and Day, who finished 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored.
In the nightcap, the Wildcats led throughout, scoring 10 runs on 11 hits. Sean Dwyer hit 1-2 with an RBI and scored two runs; Day hit 2-4 with four RBIs and two runs scored; Woolley hit 2-3 with an RBI; Eppard each hit 2-3 with one run scored; Sean Potkay went 1-2 with two runs scored; Jonathan Sigado hit 1-2 with an RBI and run scored; Hendrix hit 1-2 with one run scored and an RBI; and Smart added one hit and a run.
Starting pitcher Chris Garrison got the win as he struck out seven and allowed just two runs on three hits in seven innings.
The Wildcats will host an important home series this weekend against the College of Southern Nevada. Doubleheaders are set to begin at noon Friday and Saturday at John L. Harvey Field.
Press Release: April 19, 2011
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|Anthony Consiglio on the mound||Beau Day Heading for Second||Brandon Jackson on the mound|
|Conner Eppard fielding||Kody Gordon fielding||Patrick McMeel rounding third|
|Pat McMeel bunt||Outfield Catch||Zach Hendrix on the mound|
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