April 6, 2012

Meet Colorado Northwestern Again Saturday

Wildcats Win First Doubleheader in Series

Mike Umscheid Makes the Catch
Mike Umscheid Makes the Catch

The Western Nevada College baseball team stayed on track in the Scenic West Athletic Conference Friday afternoon, winning the first doubleheader of a four-game series against Colorado Northwestern Community College, 1-0 and 5-1. The wins brought WNC to 28-9 overall, 17-4 in the SWAC. The series continues at noon Saturday at John L. Harvey Field in Carson City.

Wildcats pitcher Andrew Woeck went the distance in the opener, allowing only one hit and striking out 11 batters in seven innings. In the nightcap, starting pitcher Dylan Baker got the win, moving his team to 9-0 on the season.

CNCC pitcher Chris Schmalz was solid in the opener, holding the Wildcats to three hits.

Woeck set the tone of the day by striking out the first two batters in the first inning, then struck out the side in the second. In the fourth inning, Woeck struck out two at the top of lineup.

WNC’s only run came from centerfielder Dillon Ness in the fourth inning. Ness reached base on a single, then stole second. Moments later, he advanced to third on a throwing error, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Schmidt.

The Wildcats tallied two more hits in the fifth inning: a single by Neil Lawhorn and a triple deep into centerfield by Bobby Pappin, but they did not convert the score.

In game two, WNC scored five runs on 10 hits in nine innings. They allowed only one run on six hits by Colorado Northwestern.

The Wildcats scored three runs in their first at-bats off four hits. Leadoff batter Taylor Smart doubled to centerfield, and Ness followed up with a single to right field, advancing Smart to third. Moments later, Zach Hendrix singled to bring Smart home for a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, third baseman Mike Umscheid hit an RBI, scoring Ness on a fielder’s choice. Moments later, Umscheid came home to make the score 3-0.

WNC added a run in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 4-0. First baseman Rayne Raven hit to left field and advanced on a hit by catcher Neil Lawhorn. Former Galena High product Tony Guidara then moved the runners on a CNCC fielding error, loading the bases. Left-fielder Bobby Gazzola then scored Raven on a sacrifice fly.

The Wildcats scored once more in the sixth inning when Gazzola brought home Lawhorn on an RBI double.

Colorado Northwestern found the bats for three hits in the top of the eighth inning, coming off a leadoff hit, a double and a single that scored Beauden Goodwin, making it 5-1. But the Wildcats ultimately held in the ninth inning, using a double play and a strikeout by freshman closer Evan Parker to finish the job.

The Wildcats rotated in five different pitchers, a move that WNC Coach DJ Whittemore said was an effort to “continue to develop our bullpen.” Baker struck out five and allowed no hits in two scoreless innings. Tyler Spencer struck out four and allowed three hits in three scoreless innings.

“Our pitching was excellent,” Whittemore said. “Andrew set a great tone; he was well prepared." We just have to play Wildcat baseball - throw strikes, play 'D'."


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Andrew Woeck on the mound Chris Wooley Throwing Alex Schmidt Gets a Hit
Andrew Woeck on the moundChris Wooley ThrowingAlex Schmidt Gets a Hit
Andrew Woeck on the mound Dillon Ness beats Brock Wilkinson to base.  
Andrew Woeck on the moundDillon Ness beats Brock Wilkinson to base.  
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