Feb. 16, 2013
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina took advantage of poor defense by Washington State to post a 15-10 victory in nonconference baseball, Saturday.
The Cougars (0-2) committed seven errors that led to 12 unearned runs for the Catamounts (2-0). Washington State will try and salvage a game in the series, Sunday when the schools meet at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.
"Today, our defense was as bad as our offense was last night," Cougar Head Coach Donnie Marbut said. "We've scored some runs in two games, but we have not had enough timely hitting."
Western Carolina scored a pair of unearned runs in the third with two outs before chasing Cougar starter Joe Pistorese (0-1) during a six-run fourth. In the frame, three-different infielders each committed an error while Pistorese and reliever Sam Triece combined for three walks and two wild pitches.
In the top of the fifth, Washington State loaded the bases on a pair of walks sandwiched around a hit batter against Jordan Smith (1-0). Austin Pernell reached on a fielder's choice that scored one run and Jason Monda hit a three-run home run with two outs to bring the Cougars within 8-5.
Washington State put the tying run at the plate in the sixth, but Trek Stemp struck out with runners at second and third and pinch hitter Patrick McGrath flew out with the bases loaded to end the threat.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Catamounts scored four times, including a pair of unearned runs, against Cougar reliever Jacob Schroeder to extend their advantage to 12-5.
Washington State rallied to score four times in the top of the seventh against a pair of Western Carolina relievers. Collin Slaybaugh was hit by a pitch and Monda singled to open the inning. With two outs, Adam Nelubowich walked and Ben Roberts blasted a grand slam to make the score 12-9.
The Cougars again advanced to the tying run to the plate in the eighth, but Rosen struck out with two men on to end the inning against Preston Hatcher, who earned his second save. The Catamounts tacked on three runs in the bottom of the inning before Nelubowich left the yard in the ninth to account for the final score.
Freshman Austin Pernell (center field) made his first-career start...freshmen Jacob Schroeder (relief pitcher), Patrick McGrath (pinch hitter/third baseman) and J.J. Robinson (pinch hitter) each made their collegiate debut...redshirt-freshman Ben Roberts's grand slam produced his first-collegiate RBI...seven errors were most by Washington State since April 27, 2001 against Washington...Sunday's game will have live stats run by Western Carolina on www.wsucougars.com as well as live audio broadcast on www.catamountsports.com.