Series Continues Saturday at noon
The Western Nevada College baseball team swept their first doubleheader in a four-game series against College of Southern Idaho Friday afternoon at John L. Harvey Field in Carson City. The Wildcats shut out the Golden Eagles 10-0 in the opener, then won 3-1 in the nightcap.
With the victories, WNC held on to first place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference with a 12-2 conference mark and a 26-7 overall record. Southern Idaho fell to fourth place, 6-7 in the SWAC, and 17-12 overall. Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled to begin at noon.
WNC won the opener in just five innings on the mercy rule. Andrew Woeck pitched the distance, allowing only one hit.
The Wildcats grabbed a 1-0 lead right away. AJ Hernandez led off with a double, and moved ahead on Chris Wooley’s out at first. He put WNC on the board on a Dillon Ness hit to centerfield.
WNC added three runs on four hits in the second inning. Rayne Raven hit a double to left field and Taylor Smart walked. AJ Hernandez followed with a sacrifice fly to score Raven, and Chris Wooley followed with a hit that scored Smart. Wooley later came home on RBI single by Dillon Ness.
In the third inning, pinch hitter Bobby Gazzola hit a two RBI triple that widened the Wildcats lead to 6-0. In the fourth inning, WNC added four more runs on three hits. Zach Hendrix, who went 3 for 3, hit an RBI, and Bobby Pappin hit an RBI double to left centerfield to score Neil Lawhorn.
Woeck said afterward that said he didn’t pitch his best game. “I had some defensive help,” he said. “I wanted to get the ball in play early and make them beat us.”
Gazzola said he was happy to get the chance to pinch hit and make a difference in the opening contest. “I was just trying to stay loose on the bench,” and when he had the chance to bat, “to try and be aggressive.”
In the nightcap, starting pitcher Anthony Consiglio got the win, pitching six innings and improving his record to 2-0. Matt Robertson got the save. Consiglio said afterward that he is working to throw harder and have more command. “I plan to be ready,” he said, for the games that lie ahead.
WNC scored first in the bottom of the first inning. Raven was walked and then stole second. He moved to third on a line drive to center field by Derrick Pitts. Ness then brought Raven home on a sacrifice fly to put WNC up 1-0.
Southern Idaho tied the score in the bottom of the second inning, and the battle continued until the fifth inning, when WNC went ahead for good. Pappin’s leadoff single was followed by Taylor Smart’s walk that advanced both. Zach Hernandez moved both runners up with a sacrifice bunt, and Pitts brought both home on an RBI single, for the winning 3-1 score.
WNC Head Coach DJ Whittemore said he thought his team prepared well for the day. “CSI is an excellent team with a lot of depth,” he said. “We don’t take them for granted,” he said.
But for this weekend, the Wildcats can be thankful to meet the Golden Eagles at their home field, where they are 6-0 to date. The series continues Saturday at noon.
Press Release: March 24, 2012
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