Event Date

February 3, 2007

Western Wildcats Finish Difficult California Road Trip

A challenging early-season road schedule is taking a toll on the Western Nevada Community College baseball team. The Wildcats (2-6) lost their sixth game in a row 8-6 to Irvine Valley College Saturday in Southern California. WNCC also fell 4-0 to No. 7-ranked Orange Coast College on Thursday, and Southwestern College 8-3 and No. 3-ranked Santa Ana College 12-0 on Friday.

"We didn't play very well on this road trip," said Head Coach D.J. Whittemore. "The team was not prepared to play, and that is my responsibility as the head coach to get that fixed. This week, we are going to create better discipline and work habits, and that should help us eliminate mistakes."

Thursday, Western could muster only two hits against strong Orange Coast pitching. Andrew Ferguson had a double and Logan Parsley added a single. Starting pitcher Justin Garcia allowed four runs, three earned, in four innings. Josh Creveling finished the game holding Orange Coast scoreless on one hit in four innings.

In the first game Friday, starting pitcher Cole Rohrbough allowed two runs, reliever Jake Bottari gave up two, and reliever Chris Rickey allowed four. Kyle Bondurant had an RBI double and Brad Carlsen drove in two with a double. Pat Grennan led the Wildcats with two hits and Parsley, Cliff Shepard and Thomas Miller each had one.

In Friday's second game, the Wildcats defense got away from them as they committed six errors. Starting pitcher Stephen Sauer gave up nine runs, including three earned. Reliever Jeremy Joustra gave up one run in four innings, and Wes Osmer surrendered two runs in two innings. Andrew Reid had two hits in the contest, and Miller, Parsley and Grennan each had one.

On Saturday, Western out-hit Irvine Valley but couldn't capitalize. Miller led WNCC with three hits, which included an RBI single and a two-run homer. Starting pitcher Josh Brink allowed four runs, one earned, in four plus innings, and reliever Dan Grubbs gave up four runs in three plus innings. T.J. Wohlever relieved Grubbs to record the final out.

The Wildcats will hit the road this week to face Midland Junior College on Thursday and Friday in Midland, Texas. They will return via Hobbs, N.M., to play a doubleheader against No. 11-ranked New Mexico Junior College on Saturday.

WNCC will open its home schedule in a doubleheader against the University of California, Santa Cruz, on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 11 a.m.

Press Release: February 2, 2007

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