April 7, 2008

Wildcats Take Three of Four from CSN

Baseball Team Hosts Another Series Friday & Saturday

Commanding pitching, defense and timely hits continue to sustain the Western Nevada College baseball team, which took three out of four games from the College of Southern Nevada this weekend, propelling the Wildcats into second place in the Scenic West Athletic Conference. The 'cats now stand at 16-8 in conference play, while the Coyotes dropped to 15-9.

Salt Lake Community College continues to lead the conference by three games at 19-5.

Western had an 11-game winning streak going with sweeps against Colorado Northwestern Community College, Eastern Utah Community College and the first three games with College of Southern Nevada.

"I think we really built upon a good foundation that was laid the previous two weeks," Coach D.J. Whittemore said today. "We just carried it through the weekend."

WNC won both ends of Friday's doubleheader 3-1 and 1-0 at John L. Harvey Field on the Carson City campus. Pitching ace Kyle Starratt allowed just two hits over 5 2/3 innings, striking out two and walking one. In the nightcap, Josh Moody threw five shutout innings. Jose Barajas earned a save in the first game and won the second, pitching out of jams and scattering three hits in four innings.

"Barajas really had his coming out party this weekend. He won a game and saved a game on Friday," Whittemore said. "We were unsure what kind of contribution we were going to get out of him. He certainly makes our bullpen a lot stronger."

Excellent pitching has been the hallmark of the Wildcats again this year. "You really can't say anything about this team before you talk about the job the starting pitchers did and are doing," Whittemore said. "We're winning with pitching and defense. In 12 games we've only allowed 18 runs."

In the first contest, Starratt held the Coyotes scoreless, but Western was unable to get on the board until the fifth inning when Kyle Gutchewsky reached on an error and went to third on a double by Lance Ray. Jerome Pena scored both runners with a hit to left field.

In the sixth, CSN was able to load the bases and Barajas came on in relief. One run scored on a wild pitch, but Barajas worked to retire the side without further damage. A Gutchewsky double in the sixth inning provided an insurance run.

Another pitching duel took shape in Friday's nightcap as Moody and Coyotes pitcher Taylor Cole put up zeroes on the scoreboard. The tie was broken in the sixth when WNC's Logan Parsley hit a double to center and scored on a single by Lance Ray. Barajas closed out the shutout for Western.

More great Wildcats pitching was the order of the day Saturday, as Kyle Farrell pitched nearly a complete game in striking out nine and walking three in six innings. A hit by Pena in the fourth, followed by a walk, led to two Wildcat runs when Chuck Howard hit a double. It was the game's only scoring as Western shut out the Coyotes 2-0.

In Saturday's second game, the Wildcats went ahead 1-0 on hits by Ray and Pena. Pitcher Kyle Blanchard kept CSN hitless through four innings but gave up two hits in the fifth and Josh Creveling came on in relief. An RBI single tied the game and a fielder's choice gave the Coyotes a 2-1 lead.

A single by Gutchewsky tied the score at 2-2 in the sixth, only to see CSN score an unearned run in the seventh and win the game 3-2.

Western now has two important home stands coming up at John L. Harvey Field. This Friday and Saturday (April 11 and 12) WNC takes on College of Southern Idaho in two doubleheaders, and the following weekend (April 18 and 19) it's a match-up against league leading Salt Lake Community College. Play begins at noon, and admission is $5.


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