WNC won the first doubleheader of a four-game series from College of Southern Idaho. The wins keep WNC in first place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference at 31-3 in league and 38-11 overall. Southern Idaho remains in third place with at 20-14 and 28-18. The Wildcats also moved up to No. 10 in the latest NJCAA national poll.
The final doubleheader begins at noon Saturday at John L. Harvey Field at Western Nevada College.
GAME ONE RECAP
WNC wins 8-6 in seven innings
WNC: 8 runs on 9 hits with no errors
CSI scored 6 runs on 7 hits with two errors
Winning pitcher: Anthony Consiglio (6-1). Closer Chris Garrison got the save.
Losing Pitcher: Chris Kerns
GAME TWO RECAP
WNC wins 6-2 in nine innings
WNC: 6 runs on 9 hits with no errors
CSI: 2 runs on 7 hits with two errors
Winning pitcher Kody Gordon (5-1): Brandon Jackson got his second save of the year.
Losing Pitcher: Mike Renner (threw 11 strikeouts)
WNC came from behind in both contests. In the opener, Southern Idaho's Parker Webster punched a two-run homer in the second inning for a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats quickly retaliated in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs on four hits to take a 4-2 lead. In the third inning, designated hitter Jonathan Sigado punched a two-run triple to score Brooks Klein and Beau Day, for a 6-2 lead.
"We're getting into a rhythm," Sigado said about his team. "We're playing defense and playing every pitch."
The Golden Eagles battled back in the fourth inning, earning three runs on four hits to move within one, 6-5. But the Wildcats maintained control with two runs in the fifth inning for an 8-5 lead. Klein scored Connor Eppard on a sacrifice fly to left field, and first baseman Sean Potkay scored on an error.
CSI catcher Parker Morin smacked a solo home run with one out in the top of the seventh inning to draw within two, but Klein caught a fly ball to left center field, and closer Chris Garrison struck out Kendal Maier for the final out.
The nightcap began as a pitching duel that remained scoreless until the fourth inning, when CSI scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 lead. Wildcats pitcher Cody Gordon loaded the bases with two outs, but Eppard grabbed a fly out to right field to end the inning.
WNC took the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning and never relinquished it, when third baseman Chris Wooley smacked a two-out, two RBI triple to center field. The Wildcats stretched the lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run homer by catcher Beau Day. In the bottom of the seventh inning, WNC added two more runs on hits by Tanner Nielson and Wooley for a 6-1 lead.
CSI's Parker Webster popped his second home run of the day in the top of the ninth inning, to make it 6-2, but the Wildcats were only one out away from victory.
Afterward, Day said he has been working on being more relaxed when he is at the plate.
"I'm trying to be more disciplined with my swing," he said. "I was so relaxed and loose, it was 'see ball, hit ball'," leading to a two-run homer.
CSI starting pitcher Mike Renner was tenacious, throwing 11 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. But ultimately, the Wildcats ruled the day.
|Photos (Click to Enlarge)|
|Anthony Consiglio on the mound||Beau Day at bat||Brooks Klein running bases|
|Kody Gordon pitching||Tanner Nielsen sliding back to first base||Taylor Smart readies for the play|
|For additional information, please contact:|
|WNC Information and Marketing Services
2201 W. College Parkway
Carson City, NV 89703