Event Date

January 26, 2007

Western Wildcats Open 2007 Season with Road Split

The Western Nevada Community College baseball team (2-2) kicked off their 2007 season in a big way with a doubleheader sweep Friday in Henderson. The Wildcats beat Cochise College 7-4 in the first game and No. 2-ranked Yavapai College 4-2 in the second. However, the two teams avenged their losses in two close games as Cochise topped WNCC 2-1 on Saturday and Yavapai turned back the Wildcats 3-1 on Sunday.

"We're a little disappointed with the split after winning our first two games," said Wildcats Head Coach D.J. Whittemore. "We have to give our opponents credit though. They're two good teams with some well-established history. Our pitching did a good job keeping us in games, but we need to improve on driving in runs."

In the first game of Friday's doubleheader, staff ace Justin Garcia allowed only two earned runs in five innings. Reliever Josh Creveling then shut the door on Cochise, earning a save in four scoreless innings.

Western scored six of their seven runs in the first two innings of the season opener. Outfielder Anthony Garcia opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first, and catcher Taylor Mieras added a single that drove in two. In the second inning, outfielder Brad Carlsen had an RBI single and Garcia knocked in two more runs with his second single. Third baseman Logan Parsley, a former Carson High School standout, and Garcia led the Wildcats with two hits each.

In Friday's second game, starting pitcher Cole Rohrbough came out strong, striking out five batters in five scoreless innings. TJ Wohlever relieved Rohrbough and gave up two runs before Dan Grubbs pitched three very important scoreless innings. Chris Rickey closed out the game to earn the save.

Western came through with all the runs they needed in the second and third innings. Catcher Chuck Howard had a two-run double, and second baseman Kyle Bondurant and outfielder Andrew Ferguson added RBI singles.

On Saturday, Western lost a one-run heartbreaker in a rematch with Cochise. First baseman Thomas Miller drove in WNCC's only run as the Wildcats stranded 10 runners on base. Parsley led the team with two hits, and Miller, Garcia, Walling and designated hitter Andrew Reid had one each.

Starting pitcher Stephen Sauer pitched well despite earning the loss, allowing two runs in four innings. Reliever Jake Bottari shut down Cochise the rest of the game, recording six strikeouts in four scoreless innings.

Western dropped another close contest on Sunday. The Wildcats again had trouble scoring, leaving 11 runners on base. Outfielder Cliff Shepard scored Western's only run after hitting a single, stealing second, and reaching home on a throwing error by the catcher. Howard had two hits in the game, and Miller, Bondurant and Shepard had one each.

Starter Josh Brink was the losing pitcher despite giving up only two runs, one earned, in four innings of work. Wes Osmer came in for Brink and allowed one run in two innings on two hits. Reliever Jeremy Joustra finished the game, firing three strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

The Wildcats continue their challenging opening road trip with four tough games this week in California. Western will take on No. 7 Orange Coast College at 2 p.m. Thursday in Costa Mesa, Southwestern College at 10 a.m. and No. 3 Santa Ana College at 2 p.m. Friday in Santa Ana, and Irvine Valley College at 11 a.m. Saturday in Irvine.

Press Release: January 27, 2007

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