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Seventh inning dooms Bucs, Western Carolina wins 7-1
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Cullowhee, N.C. (April 18, 2006) - Western Carolina scored five seventh inning runs, breaking open a one-run game, and went on to a 7-1 non-conference victory Tuesday evening at Hennon Stadium.
Leading 2-1 entering the seventh, the Catamounts (21-16) extended to a 3-1 advantage on Barrett Shaft's one-out double to left field.
The Bucs (21-18) fell behind 2-0 in the first inning as starter Tony Lombardi (
The Bucs cut the lead in half in the third inning, with junior Michael Courtney (
Lombardi pitched brilliantly after his first inning struggles, retiring nine straight at one point, and finishing his night sitting down nine of the last 10 batters he faced. He again took the hard-luck loss, falling to 1-7 on the season despite only giving up two runs in six innings and tying his career high with four strikeouts. Bryan Tupper (2-1) picked up the win in his first start of the season, and Brian McCullen pitched the final three innings for his first save of the season.
The Bucs continue their four-game road trip Friday evening when they open a three-game conference series against league leader