April 12, 2008

Face League Leader Next Weekend at Home

Wildcats Split Weekend Baseball Series With CSI

Logan Parsley heading for home.
Logan Parsley heading for home.

Western Nevada College's Wildcats baseball team split the weekend series against the College of Southern Idaho, and now looks forward to a key home series against Scenic West Athletic Conference leader Salt Lake Community College.

Western dominated in the first doubleheader Friday afternoon, besting the Golden Eagles 6-2 and 11-1 at John L. Harvey Field. Starting pitcher Kyle Starratt dodged a bullet in game one after his first two batters reached base on a double and a Wildcats error. But Starratt and the outfield held their ground and retired three in a row to save a score. In the bottom of the first, leadoff batter Brian Barnett of Reno walked and then advanced on Lance Ray's single to centerfield and a wild pitch. With bases loaded, Barnett scored on a fly out by catcher Chuck Howard.

After retiring CSI in three in the second, Western heated up the bats as Travis Feiner and Andrew Reid hit singles. Barnett drove both home with a triple, and scored minutes later on a single by Ray to build a 4-0 lead. Starratt held the Golden Eagles scoreless in five innings, and Western scored two insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth, one by Jerome Pena off Cliff Shepard's double deep into center field, and then Shepard scored off a single by Feiner. 

 CSI made a late push, scoring one in the sixth and seventh innings, and finished with seven hits to the Wildcats' six, but WNC's defense held for the win.

In the nightcap, CSI scored first after a walk, two stolen bases and a wild pitch by Josh Moody. But that would be all the scoring allowed by Moody, and the Wildcats offense took control with a two-run homer by Howard in the bottom of the first inning, along with two more runs scored on an Eagles error, for a 4-1 lead.

In the fourth inning, Western's Ray blasted a home run over center field for a 5-1 edge, and in the sixth, the 'cats blew the game wide open with three runs on a series of Eagles errors, and a three-run double by Howard to end the game with the 10-run rule.

On Saturday, solid pitching by Southern Idaho quieted WNC's bats and left runners on base as Western fell short, 3-1 and 4-3. In both games, the Wildcats led in hitting, but couldn't convert to the score.

In game one, CSI scored two runs in the second and then Mike Long came home in the third for the Wildcats' only run. Western would manage a double in the fourth by Shepard, and but couldn't take advantage of the field position. The Eagles scored their final run on a Wildcats error in the fifth inning, and got the win despite Western's 7-5 hitting edge.

Saturday's nightcap was a pitching duel through three scoreless innings before Southern Idaho scored on a two run double, and Western answered with a run by Barnett on Shepard's double to centerfield. The 'cats tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning on a double by Darren Bruhns, but left two runners on base.

Western took a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning with a double by Ray and a single by Pena. But the Eagles came back in the seventh, scoring two runs on two hits and one Wildcats error, for the final 4-2 score.

Next weekend's critical doubleheader begins at noon on both Friday and Saturday on John L. Harvey Field at WNC Carson City, 2201 West College Parkway.


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Jerome Pena at bat. Kyle Farrell fields a bunt. Lance Ray gets the out.
Jerome Pena at bat.Kyle Farrell fields a bunt.Lance Ray gets the out.
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