Western Nevada College evened the score against preseason No. 10 Cochise College Friday afternoon, dominating the Apaches 9-2 in the second of a three-game series. WNC, ranked 14th in the NJCAA preseason poll, pounded 15 hits while holding Cochise to just two on a windy desert afternoon, after falling in the opener Thursday.
â€œThere was a little residual sting from yesterdayâ€™s game,â€ said WNC Coach DJ Whittemore. â€œIt was a great bounce-back win.â€
Starting pitcher Christian Stolo earned the win with five innings of solid play. He struck out five and walked three, allowing only two runs on two hits.
â€œThey played great defense and threw strikes,â€ Whittemore said of his team, which played an error-free contest. â€œThey delivered with a perfect attitude and approach to the game.â€
Three Wildcats were especially hot at the plate. Conor Harber hit 3 of 4, including two RBI, Alex Fife hit 3 of 5 with two RBI, and Jake Bennett hit 3 of 4, scoring twice.
Rayne Raven was solid in three innings of relief, combining with great Wildcats fielding to deny the Apaches a score. Freshman Kyle Pruneau pitched the final inning, sealing the day and improving the Wildcatsâ€™ record to 4-3.
The loss went to Xavier Altimirano.
The Wildcats play a final contest against Cochise on Saturday at noon.