May 2, 2008

WNC has chance to win conference Saturday

Wildcats Shut Out Eastern Utah Friday

Jerome Pena scores.
Jerome Pena scores.

Two down, two to go. With the Scenic West Athletic Conference title on the line, the Western Nevada College Wildcats baseball team went to work Friday. When the day was done, the 'cats shut out College of Eastern Utah in the both games of the doubleheader, 4-0 and 6-0 at John L. Harvey Field. They finish the four-game series in a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon.

In game one, winning pitcher Kyle Starratt allowed only two hits in six innings, and closer Javy Perez allowed one in the final inning.

Western put on a show in the fifth inning, scoring all four runs in a single rally. Centerfielder Cliff Shepard started the action with a single. Logan Parsley added a single to right field that sent Shepard to third, and he came home on a wild pitch for the first score.

Catcher Chuck Howard smacked a double to right field to bring in Parsley. Then, Kyle Gutchewsky hit a single. Brian Barnett added a double to bring Howard home, and Lance Ray's single brought Gutchewsky in for the 4-0 lead.

In the second game, both teams found the bat for eight hits, but it was the Wildcats who made the scores and it was solid fielding that kept the Golden Eagles at bay.

Starting pitcher Josh Moody held CEU for 6 and 2/3 innings before being relieved by Jose Barajas, who withstood a Wildcats error that loaded the bases, and ended the inning without giving up a score.

Western got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when right-fielder Jerome Pena scored on a sacrifice fly by Cliff Shepard and a fielding error by the Eagles. Western widened the lead in the bottom of the seventh, scoring four runs off doubles by Barnett and designated hitter Marshall Kennebrew.

Good fielding in the final two innings by the Wildcats kept CEU from a score, and Western's final score came in the bottom of the eighth when Davis Banks doubled on a full count, then came in on a hit by Brett Moravec.

The Wildcats are one game out of first place in the SWAC, behind cross-state rival College of Southern Nevada. CSN is playing its final four-game series this weekend at College of Southern Idaho. The regular season winner will host the conference tournament, and both the first and second place teams have a first round bye.

Head Coach D.J. Whittemore said he's hoping for a good fan turnout on Saturday.

"Saturday is sophomore day and our eight sophomores deserve some support. They took us to the World Series last year and we're a game out of first this year. They deserve a good crowd and a round of applause. We'll have a ceremony before the start of our second game at approximately 2:30 p.m."


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Jerome Pena slides for home. Josh Moody on the mound. Kyle Gutchewsky gets the out.
Jerome Pena slides for home.Josh Moody on the mound.Kyle Gutchewsky gets the out.
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