Take Four From South Mountain
Western Nevada College didn’t resemble a baseball team breaking in a brand-new starting rotation during its opening weekend of play in the 2013 season.
The Wildcats’ pitching staff surrendered an average of one run per game in completing a four-game sweep of South Mountain Community College in Carson City.
Eighth-ranked WNC capped the four-game series at John L. Harvey Field with 8-2 and 4-0 wins Saturday.
After strong pitching by Brandon Show and Austin Richmond in a 5-1 season-opening victory and freshman Luke Eubank’s 4-1 verdict on Friday, WNC backed it up with more mound mastery against the Phoenix squad on Saturday.
Phil Belding, Evan Parker and Tyler Bennett combined on a five-hitter in the six-run victory, while freshmen Christian Stolo and Cody Hamlin limited the Cougars to two hits in the shutout win.
In the opener, Belding and company got all of the offense they really needed with a three-run homer by freshman Conor Harber in the second inning. Harber’s blast followed a double by Cole Ferguson and Donald Glover Jr.’s bunt single, putting WNC ahead to stay, 3-1.
WNC scored two unearned runs in the third and two additional runs in the fourth to go ahead 7-1. In the seventh, Mike Umscheid legged out a triple and Ferguson plated him with a sacrifice fly to complete the scoring.
Belding gave up three hits and two earned runs in five innings. Parker threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits, while Bennett pitched a perfect ninth.
Glover Jr. and Colby Rice led the Wildcats with two hits apiece.
Stolo of McQueen High in Reno started the second game and blanked South Mountain on one hit over three innings. Hamlin took the ball in the fourth and South Mountain fared no better as the freshman gave up one hit, fanned five and didn’t walk a batter in four innings.
WNC scored all of its runs in the fourth inning, three coming on Alex Fife’s bases-clearing double. Ferguson, Glover Jr. and Tyler Baker accounted for the Wildcats’ other three hits.
The Wildcats (4-0) will find out how they stack up against one of the country’s top teams this weekend. WNC will travel to Tucson, Ariz., to meet Central Arizona, which is ranked No. 1 by Perfect Game and No. 2 by the National Junior College Athletic Association. Games are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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