April 2, 2008

Wildcats Sweep Road Series

Western to Host Rival CSN Friday, Saturday.

Great pitching propelled Western Nevada College's baseball team to a four-game sweep at College of Eastern Utah Friday and Saturday in Price, Utah.

Kyle Starratt, who is being honored as the National Junior College Athletic Association pitcher of the week for his earlier outing against Salt Lake Community College, was dominant through six scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and no walks. The Wildcats won 5-3.

"The starting pitching this weekend was just outstanding," Coach DJ Whittemore said. "We've been really stressing and practicing throwing strikes and giving fewer free passes, and the pitchers responded. They had only two walks in 22 innings of work. I hope it sets the tone for this weekend against College of Southern Nevada.

"Our guys did a good job playing defense behind the pitchers. You have to give catcher Chuck Howard his due. He did a nice job on the scouting report and called some outstanding games."

In the second game, Josh Moody also threw a gem, scattering six hits and coasting behind good hitting. The Wildcats dominated that game 10-2 in eight innings, when the game was called because of the mercy rule.

WNC's bats came alive in the nightcap with the team blasting three homers for the first time in the Wildcats' three-year program. Brian Barnett, a McQueen High grad from Reno, hit two solo home runs in the second game and Logan Parsley from Carson High hit a grand slam homer. Barnett later reached first from being hit by a pitch and scored on an RBI single to make it a 10-2 final score.

"Offensively, this has been the best power output in the history of the program. We hit four home runs, with three in one game," Whittemore said. "Brian Barnett is now tied as the conference leader with five home runs. Jerome Pena had an outstanding weekend ending up with seven hits, five of them extra bases. He had four doubles and a home run. I am extremely pleased with the results and hope we carry some momentum into this important home stand."

On Saturday, WNC won 6-1 and 4-0. Kyle Farrell struck out 10 CEU batters while allowing only three singles and no walks. Jose Barajas, usually a reliever, started and won the second game.

In the opener, the Wildcats got on the board early courtesy of Chuck Howard's two-run double in the second inning. Jerome Pena also hit a two-run double that gave WNC a 4-0 lead in the fourth. The margin of victory was two unearned runs in the seventh as CEU pitcher Riley Gordon found his groove and allowed only two earned runs over seven innings.

WNC comes home for three important series against College of Southern Nevada, College of Southern Idaho and Salt Lake Community College. Friday's and Saturday's doubleheaders against cross-state rival CSN begin at noon on John L. Harvey Field at WNC Carson City.

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