March 3, 2008

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WNC Wildcats Take Three of Four in Baseball

Western Nevada College seized an opportune time to play its best baseball of the year this past weekend, taking three of four games from cross-state rival College of Southern Nevada during a four-game series. CSN is ranked as one of the top junior college teams in the country.

WNC prevailed 6-1 and 5-2 on Friday, with a big seventh inning in the first game that saw five Wildcats cross the plate. An error and a wild pitch by CSN helped the Wildcats cause, but back-to-back RBI doubles by Brian Barnett and Lance Ray put WNC over the top. Winning pitcher was Kyle Starratt.

In the second game, Josh Moody threw six shutout innings, allowing only three hits and striking out seven. The Wildcats scored all of their runs in the second. A single and a walk set up Logan Parsley's two-run triple, and Ray's RBI double provided insurance.

"On Friday we had 23 hits against their top three pitchers; that's a great sign for our offense, and our defense turned nine double plays this week," Head Coach DJ Whittemore said. "I thought it was a good time to play our best baseball of the year."

On Saturday, Western again had a convincing 5-1 victory before falling in the second game to the Coyotes 8-2. The series raised Western's overall record to 9-8.

With plenty of defensive help, Kyle Farrell won Saturday's first game while giving up nine hits. WNC took a 3-0 lead in the third inning when Brian Barnett smacked a three-run homer. Farrell is now 4-0 on the year with an impressive 1.31 earned run average.

In Saturday's nightcap, CSN scored three runs in the bottom of the first, one in the second, and four in the sixth to take an 8-2 lead, which was the final. Javy Perez took the loss.

WNC now leads the series against CSN 10-9. As Whittemore puts it: "We have a lot of respect for their program and talent level of players. Any time we beat them it makes us feel good about what we're doing, and tells us we're doing the right things. What I'm most proud about is the way we responded to the challenge. It's so much fun playing against a quality team; it brings out the best in us."

The Wildcats' next games are scheduled against the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls on Friday/Saturday, March 7 and 8. Plan now for the Wildcats' home openers on Friday/Saturday, March 21-22 against Colorado Northwestern Community College.

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