Baseball Team Wins 11-1, 8-2
The Western Nevada College Wildcats are happy to be home after spending weeks on the road, and they celebrated Friday afternoon with two lopsided victories over the College of Eastern Utah.
The Wildcats won the first of two weekend doubleheaders, 11-1 and 8-2, at John L. Harvey Field in Carson City. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 11 a.m.
In the opener, WNC scored off of 13 hits and committed no errors, shortening the contest by the 10-run rule in just five innings. CEU managed one run off six hits.
WNC scored six runs in the second inning, but it was costly for centerfielder Donald Glover Jr., who after making a great two-out catch in the top of the inning, hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the inning, but injured his arm as he slid into third base. He stayed in the game, however, and moments later Rayne Raymond hit a line drive to right field that scored Glover and made it 3-1. The inning was completed by leftfielder Derrick Pitts, who hit a three-run homer over right field to make it 6-1.
The Wildcats sealed the victory in a five-run fourth inning, beginning with leadoff batter Mike Umscheid, who stamped a standup double. Raymond followed with a base hit, then AJ Hernandez flied out to left centerfield, scoring Raymond and Umscheid, who beat the tag. Dillon Ness added an RBI triple that scored Hernandez and gave the Wildcats a 9-1 lead. Lawhorn added an RBI for the final score.
On the mound, starting pitcher Tyler Spencer held CEU to just one run in three innings. He gave way to reliever Brandon Jackson who pitched two innings and allowed two hits, with two strikeouts, and no walks.
In the rematch, solid pitching by Wildcats starter Andrew Woeck carried WNC to a 6-2 lead in seven innings before giving way to freshman closer Austin Richmond. He retired the side in the first three innings while the WNC offense built a 3-0 lead. The Wildcats benefited from a second inning single by Zack Hendrix and an RBI single by Cole Ferguson. In the third, the Wildcats add a run on an RBI double by Ness.
Lawhorn scored in the fifth inning on a Tony Guidara single, and WNC added two more runs in the sixth inning, keyed by a single from Hernandez and Lawhorn. The Wildcats’ final scores were in the eighth inning, when Hendrix scored on an error and Lawhorn scored on a wild pitch.
The Wildcats built a 4-0 lead before the Eagles scored their only two runs in the sixth inning.
In getting the win, Woeck said he is working hard to be consistent on the mound. “I tried to stay in command and keep the pitch count low,” he said.
Head Coach DJ Whiittemore said he was pleased with the collective fight in his team. “They don’t quit,” he said. “Our offense puts pressure on, we have great pitch calling and great scouting.” This kind of effort has allowed the team to be successful even though the early season has been marked by a variety of injuries, he said.
With the wins, WNC moves to 6-0 in Scenic West Athletic Conference play.
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|TYLER SPENCER||AJ HERNANDEZ||AJ HERNANDEZ|
|ANDREW WOECK||BRANDON JACKSON||BRANDON JACKSON|
|DERRICK PITTS||DERRICKS PITTS||DERRICK PITTS|
|DILLON NESS||WILDCAT DILLON NESS||DILLON NESS|
|DONALD GLOVER||DONALD GLOVER||DOUBLE PLAY SET UP|
|RUNNERS HIGH FIVE AFTER PITTS HOMERUN||MICKE UMSCHEID||MIKE UMSCHEID|
|RAYNE RAVEN||WILDCAT TAYLOR SMART||TAYLOR SMART|
|TAYLOR SMART||WILDCAT TONY GUIDARA||TYLER SPENCER|
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