Christian Stolo allowed three hits over six innings to lead the Western Nevada College baseball team to a 5-1 victory over Colorado Northwestern and a split of their Scenic West Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday in Rangely, Colo.
The Wildcats battled back from a 3-0 deficit in the opener but a two-run home run by Luke Maher of Carson City proved to be the difference in a 6-4 Spartansâ€™ victory.
The teams will conclude their four-game series on Sunday with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
WNC outhit the Spartans 10-6 in the opener. The Wildcats had a three-man wrecking crew in Conor Harber, Joey Crunkilton an Alex Fife. Harber was 3 for 3 with a run scored, Crunkilton was 2 for 3 with a run scored and two RBI and Fife was 2 for 4 with a run knocked in.
After Fife knocked in the tying run in the top of the sixth, Maher responded with a two-run homer after a leadoff walk in the bottom of the inning.
Freshman pitcher Max Karnos took the loss, his first in five decisions. He allowed six hits and five earned runs in six innings and struck out seven and walked three.
In game two, the Wildcats took the lead for good when Crunkilton scored on Sam Hallâ€™s double in the fourth. Later in the same inning, Tony Roqueâ€™s sacrifice fly put WNC ahead 3-1.
Roque doubled and scored on a pair of wild pitches in the seventh inning. Harberâ€™s groundout plated Jake Bennett to complete the scoring.
For the second straight game, the Wildcats collected 10 hits. Hall and Connor Klen each provided three hits.
Spencer Greer replaced Stolo in the seventh inning and worked the final two innings, giving up two hits while fanning two. Stolo struck out three and walked two.
WNC is 3-3 in SWAC play and 14-8 overall. The Spartans picked up their first SWAC victory in six contests.