CULLOWHEE, N.C. (March 21, 2003) -- Western Carolina scored at least one run in each of its innings, thanks to five home runs on the day, en route to a 20-1 victory over East Tennessee State Friday afternoon at Hennon Stadium in Cullowhee, N.C.
The Catamounts improve to 15-8 overall and 6-1 in the Southern Conference while the Bucs fall to 7-13, 3-4 in conference play.
Todd Buchanan tied a career high with six RBI on the day, hitting a solo homer and his fifth career grand slam. Todd Roper and Wayne Kilmer also had impressive games. Roper went 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple in scoring four times and driving in three. Kilmer was 3-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored.
WCU sophomore Brad Josey improved to 3-0 on the year, tossing six scoreless innings. Josey, who allowed seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out two. Over his last two outings, Josey has not allowed a run or a walk in 13 innings, while fanning nine. Luke Miller pitched the seventh, while freshman Jeremy Ellenburg and sophomore Clint Ramsey made their career debuts on the mound by pitching the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
Western put single runs on the board in the first and second innings. Roper had a leadoff single, stole two bases and scored on an RBI ground out by Buchanan. In the second, Brian Sigmon came through with a two-out single and scored on an RBI single by Kilmer.
In the third, the Cats exploded for five runs. After singles by Denver Edick, Brandon McDowell and Alex Gary, Roper cleared the bases with a three-run triple to left-center. Kilmer followed with a single to center to plate Roper and later scored on an Alan Beck single. Western added a single run in the fourth on a McDowell sacrifice fly, scoring Rod Goldston.
The Catamounts exploded for another four runs in the bottom of the fifth and three sixth to take a 15-0 lead. The fifth was highlighted by a two-run double by Kilmer and a two-run home run by Edick, who was 2-for-3 on the day. The sixth saw Jimmy Cochran hit a leadoff, pinch hit home run, while Sigmon added a two-run homer.
East Tennessee State got on the board in the top of the seventh when freshman Blake Church (Roswell, Ga.) hit a leadoff home run. Western answered with a single run in the bottom half of the inning on Buchanan's home run. The Cats capped the scoring in the bottom of the eight with Buchanan's grand slam.
The Bucs were led by sophomore catcher Caleb Moore (Knoxville, Tenn.), who went 3-for-3, while Church was 2-for-3 on the day. Junior Josh Kite (Greenville, Tenn.) (2-3) took the loss for ETSU. He allowed nine hits, seven runs (six earned) and four walks while striking out two in three innings.
East Tennessee State and Western Carolina will play the second of their three-game series on Saturday (Mar. 22). First pitch is set for 1 pm.