Western Nevada split a four-game series with Colorado Northwestern in Rangely, Colo. The series concluded Sunday with the Wildcats losing 7-3 before bouncing back to win the finale, 9-1.
Through two weekends of Scenic West Athletic Conference action, the WNC stands at 4-4 in third place, two games behind co-leaders College of Southern Idaho (4-0) and Salt Lake (6-2).
â€œ(Weâ€™re) not a championship-caliber team right now,â€ said WNC coach D.J. Whittemore. â€œMaking lots of mental mistakes. Poor coaching. Team not prepared properly. (Weâ€™ll) get to work immediately fixing mistakes and preparing to win.â€
Whittemore elected to pitch by committee in game two Sunday. Spencer Greer started and earned his second victory in four decisions. The sophomore right-hander gave up two hits in three innings, striking out two and not walking a batter.
Freshman Thomas Kerr followed with two scoreless innings, freshman Dylan Hollister gave up one hit in the sixth inning and sophomore Jeremy Alderman surrendered CNCCâ€™s only run on one hit and two walks in the seventh.
The Wildcats raked four Spartan pitchers for 13 hits, with Austin Andrews and Sam Hall leading the way with three apiece. Hall finished 3 for 5 with a run scored and a run knocked in, while Andrews was 3 for 4 with two runs scored.
Kody Reynolds hit his first homer in a Wildcat uniform, and knocked in two runs, as did Rayne Raven.
WNC scored twice in the second and third innings.
Reynoldsâ€™ two-run homer made it 2-0 in the second, followed by a Connor Klein walk with the bases loaded and a Christian Stolo groundout that forced in Hall to make it 4-0 in the third.
WNC added three runs in the sixth frame, even though Andrews was thrown out at third base on Reynoldsâ€™ fly out. With two outs and the bases empty, Jake Bennett and Joey Crunkilton followed with the teamâ€™s second and third straight doubles, for a score 5-0. Hall singled in Crunkilton and Kyle Pruneau stroked the Wildcatsâ€™ fourth double of the inning to plate Rayne Raven.
Ravenâ€™s two-run base hit chased home Reynolds and Andrews in the seventh to cap WNCâ€™s scoring.
In the opener, Brennan Bahr checked the Wildcats on seven hits and two earned runs through 5 2/3 innings.
The Wildcats, however, outhit CNCC 8-7 and led 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning. The Spartans packaged four of their seven hits in the sixth inning, scoring six runs to rally for the win.
WNC starting pitcher Conor Harber limited CNCC to four hits and two earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Raven relieved Harber in the sixth after Harber surrendered a one-out single to Bryce Lich. Raven uncorked a pair of wild pitches that scored two Spartans, pushing CNCC in front, 3-2. Before the damage was done, Evan Hartfiel tripled in two runs and Jake Morgan blasted a two-run homer as CNCC topped WNC, 7-2.
The Wildcats, however, attempted to rally in the seventh. Bennett doubled and Harber reached on an infield error. Pinch-hitter Kleinâ€™s groundout scored Bennett, pulling WNC to within four runs. After walk to Crunkilton, though, Reynolds struck out and Dorsey grounded out to end game.
WNC scored first in the top of first inning on a double by Corey Pool that brought home Harber.
WNC made it to 2-0 in the third inning as Pool smacked his second double and eventually scored on a bunt single by Spenser Dorsey.
CNCC proceeded to score seven unanswered runs to nail down its second win in two days against the Wildcats.
Pool finished 2 for 3 with a RBI and a run scored and Dorsey was 2 for 4 with a RBI.
The Wildcats will take a break from SWAC play and meet Mount Hood Community College for doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday at John L. Harvey Field. First pitch is at noon both days.