Event Date

February 8, 2007

Western to Play First Home Games Sunday

Wildcats Break Out with 32 Runs in Four Games

The Western Nevada Community College baseball team (4-7-1) snapped their six-game losing streak in a big way, scoring 16 runs Thursday and 10 runs Friday against Midland Junior College. On Saturday, the Wildcats ran into the No. 11-ranked team in the nation, New Mexico Junior College, and came away with a 2-1 loss and a 5-5 tie.

"We did pretty well considering it was our third straight weekend on the road, so far away from home," said Head Coach D.J. Whittemore. "We're moving in the right direction, although there is some room for improvement."

In Thursday's contest, first baseman Thomas Miller and third baseman Logan Parsley led the Wildcats with three hits each, and catcher Taylor Mieras added two. Mieras drove in three runs in the 16-3 victory, and outfielders Pat Grennan and Anthony Garcia chipped in two each.

Starting pitcher Justin Garcia (2-1) earned the victory and gave up three runs in six innings. Reliever Jake Bottari pitched one scoreless inning striking out two and Wes Osmer finished the game with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts.

On Friday, the game was close until the eight inning. WNCC pulled away with five runs in the eighth and three in the ninth to dominate 10-4. Grennan, second baseman Kyle Bondurant, and catcher Chuck Howard led the attack with two hits and one RBI each. Miller had two hits and designated hitter Ryan Simpson, outfielder Brad Carlsen and Garcia added an RBI each. Midland committed six errors in the game.

WNCC received a strong pitching performance from starter Cole Rohrbough who struck out nine in six innings while giving up two runs. Josh Creveling (1-0) picked up the win in relief pitching three innings, striking out four, and giving up two runs, one earned.

In Saturday's first game, the Wildcats had trouble scoring runs. Outfielder Cliff Shepard had two hits and came home on an error by the shortstop for Western's only run. Parsley, Miller and Carlsen added one hit each, and Grennan was credited with an RBI.

Starting pitcher Josh Brink (0-2) earned the tough loss while giving up only one earned run, in 5.1 innings. Reliever Chris Rickey closed out the game, getting the final two outs.

In the second game Saturday, the hitting stars included Parsley who had two hits and two RBI, shortstop Kevin Schlange with two hits and one RBI, and Mieras with one hit and two RBI. Simpson and outfielder Chad Walling added one hit each.

Starter Stephen Sauer kept WNCC in the game allowing only two runs in 4.1 innings. Dan Grubbs came in to pitch 1.1 innings giving up three runs, two earned, and Jeremy Joustra finished the game with 2.1 scoreless innings.

The Wildcats will return home to face the University of California, Santa Cruz, in a Sunday doubleheader that starts at 11 a.m. at John L. Harvey Field. Tickets are $6 for adults; $3 for seniors 60 and older, youth 18 and younger, and WNCC faculty and staff; and free for WNCC students and children age 4 and younger. Season passes are also available for $50.

Press Release: February 9, 2007

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