March 23, 2007

Wildcats Take Three of Four from Eastern Utah

The Western Nevada Community College Wildcats baseball team (19-14-1, 13-7) took three of four games last weekend against the College of Eastern Utah in Scenic West Conference play at John L. Harvey Field. The victories left Western in third place in the conference, but now only two games behind SWAC leader College of Southern Idaho, and one game behind Community College of Southern Nevada.

Western came out swinging in the first doubleheader, dominating 11-1 and 3-1. In the opener, the Wildcats used solid pitching by starter Cole Rohrbough to set the pace, and in the fourth inning, Western's bats began to heat up. The Wildcats scored three runs on three hits and one CEU error. Then, in the fifth, the Wildcats smacked five hits and scored six runs. The hot streak came to an abrupt end in the sixth inning when Western scored two runs and left three on base, and the game was called due to the 10-run rule.

In the second game, the Wildcats won a pitching battle with ace Justin Garcia on the mound. Eastern Utah's lone score came in the top of the sixth inning when Alex Rosenham hit a home run.

In Saturday's doubleheader, the Wildcats shut out CEU 8-0 when starting pitcher Stephen Sauer teamed with Chris Rickey to throw a three-hitter, including six strikeouts by Sauer, and two hitless innings by Rickey. Western stumbled in the final contest, accumulating six hits but leaving six runners on base in the 4-3 loss.

The Wildcats will host cross-state rival Community College of Southern Nevada in a key four-game match-up this weekend at John L. Harvey Field. Doubleheaders are set to begin at 1 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday. 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, as well as children age 4 and younger.

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