JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Apr. 3, 2004) - The Western Carolina Catamounts took both ends of a doubleheader from East Tennessee State by identical 8-4 scores Saturday from Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn.
The Bucs (13-18, 4-10 Southern Conference) took the lead early in game one, scoring three runs in the first two innings of play. Sophomore center fielder Matt Traylor (Knoxville, Tenn.) led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run, his fifth of the season. After a two-out single by sophomore third baseman Greg Roberts (Douglas, Ga.), sophomore second baseman Josiah Glafenhein (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit a mammoth two-run homer over the center field wall.
Buccaneer sophomore righty Jeremy Hall (Gray, Tenn.) was cruising along until the Catamounts (14-16, 4-7 SoCon) struck for five runs on five hits in the top of the sixth. First baseman Jared Greenwood doubled to lead off the inning then designated hitter Jimmy Cochran walked. Left fielder Chad McKown then came to the plate and tied the score with one swing, hitting another homer to deep center field. Second baseman Todd Roper also hit a sacrifice fly in the inning and Greenwood was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run.
WCU ran their lead to 8-3 with two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth. Shortstop Wayne Kilmer hit an RBI single in the seventh, followed by a sacrifice fly by Roper. Pinch-hitter Brian Sigmon hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to conclude Western Carolina's scoring in game one.
ETSU's final run came in the bottom of the eighth as Glafenhein led off the inning with his second home run of the game, a solo shot to right-center.
Western Carolina's Caleb McConnell (1-1) went the distance to earn the victory. Over his nine innings, McConnell allowed four runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out five. Hall (4-5) was charged with the loss, going the first five innings and allowing five runs on seven hits. Hall also walked five and struck out five.
"Caleb McConnell is a great competitor," said ETSU head coach Tony Skole following today's doubleheader. "He knows what his abilities are and he shut us down after the third inning."
Matt Nelson led the catamounts with three hits on the afternoon while McCown went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Glafenhein went 3-for-4 for the Bucs with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Western Carolina opened the scoring in game two with a run in the top of the first. Roper doubled to right with one out and with two down, designated hitter Denver Edick doubled to center to drive him in.
The Bucs answered, taking the lead with two runs in the bottom of the first. With two outs, junior catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.) singled up the middle and sophomore first baseman Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.) was hit by a pitch. Sophomore designated hitter Steven Calicutt (Spartanburg, S.C.) then laced a double to center to score both runners.
WCU went back on top with two runs in the top of the third. Kilmer led off the inning with a solo homer to right field. Roper then singled to the pitcher and advanced to second on a throwing error. After moving to third on a single by third baseman Chris Davis, Roper would cross the plate on a sacrifice fly by Edick.
But again, the Bucs countered, tying the game with a run in the bottom of the frame. Moore led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a single by Calicutt and to third on a fielder's choice by sophomore right fielder Shane Byrne (Johnson City, Tenn.). Then with two outs, Byrne stole second and the throw got into center field, allowing Moore to score from third.
Western Carolina scored twice in the fourth to take the lead for good. McKown led off the inning with a single and moved to second as left fielder Brandon Zollman reached on an error. Kilmer singled to drive in McKown while Zollman would cross the plate on a sacrifice fly by Roper.
The Catamounts put the game away with a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth. Roper led off the seventh with a single then scored on an RBI double by Edick. Roper struck again with a two-run single in the eighth to score McKown and pinch-hitter Alex Gary.
ETSU put their final run on the board in the bottom of the eighth as freshman left fielder Stephen Douglas (Kennesaw, Ga.) singled, stole second and scored on a sacrifice fly by Glafenhein.
Brad Josey (2-2) earned the win for the Catamounts, going 6.1 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits. Josey also walked two and struck out six. Jeremy Ellenburg earned his first save by allowing one run on one hit over the final 2.2 innings.
ETSU senior lefty Tim Turner (Marietta, Ga.) was charged with the loss (4-5). Turner allowed six runs (four earned) on 11 hits and struck out five while walking none.
Roper went 4-for-4 for the Catamounts, scoring three runs and driving in three more. The Bucs were led by Moore and Calicutt, who each had two hits on the evening.
"It is disappointing to get swept in a doubleheader at home," said Skole. "Western Carolina just played a lot harder than we did today. They made the pitches, made the plays and got more big hits. Southern Conference games are going to be close, and we have not been very good in crunch time this season."
The Bucs and Catamounts conclude their three-game weekend series Sunday afternoon at Cardinal Park in Johnson City, Tenn. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.