April 6, 2007

Wildcats Come Up Short Against Southern Idaho

The Western Nevada Community College baseball team (22-19-1, 16-12 conference) dropped three of four games to first place College of Southern Idaho Friday and Saturday in Twins Falls, Idaho. With the losses, the Wildcats fell four games out of first place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

"We really didn't play well in any area," Baseball Head Coach D.J. Whittemore said. "We left 31 runners on base, walked 14 batters, played poor defense, and made some crucial base-running mistakes. It's time to go back to the drawing board, and work hard in practice this week. I'm just glad we have some more games to play."

The Wildcats lost Friday's first game 6-2. WNCC had a 1-0 lead through the first four innings behind strong pitching from starter Cole Rohrbough. CSI then scored one run in the fifth to tie it up and five runs in the sixth to pull ahead.

The bullpen let WNCC down for the first time in weeks. Dan Grubbs, Chris Rickey and Jake Bottari all pitched in relief. Cliff Shepard hit a solo home run for Western, Thomas Miller added two hits, and Kyle Bondurant and Logan Parsley had one hit each.

WNCC won the nightcap 2-1 behind a strong effort from pitcher Justin Garcia, allowed only two hits and one run. Bondurant and Pat Grennan knocked in the only runs the Wildcats needed in the first and second innings. Grennan had two hits and Parsley added two more to the attack.

On Saturday, the Wildcats fell just short in the first game 9-8. CSI dominated the first six innings, piling up nine runs. The Wildcats scored one in the sixth and then came roaring back with seven runs in the final inning.

Brad Carlsen drew a bases-loaded walk to start the rally, and Andrew Reid, Shepard, Parsley and Grennan added RBI singles. Another runner came home on an error, and Chuck Howard had an RBI sacrifice fly. Starter Josh Brink had a short outing, pitching to only three batters.

Western lost Saturday's second game 5-2. Stephen Sauer pitched for the Wildcats giving up four runs, two earned, in five innings. Parsley and Grennan drove in runs for WNCC in the second inning, and Reid added a couple of hits to finish with six on the day.

WNCC will travel to Salt Lake City Friday and Saturday to play two doubleheaders against the Salt Lake Community College.

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