CULLOWHEE, N.C. (Mar. 7, 2012) – Jon Nadale pitched six strong innings and Western Carolina (10-3) pounded out 10 hits to remain perfect at home as the Catamounts defeated ETSU (6-4), 7-3, Wednesday evening at Hennon Stadium.
Nadale (1-1) earned the victory after pitching 6.0 innings and allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out six to lift the Catamounts to their sixth straight victory of the season. Meanwhile, Jimmy Nesselt (Plantation, Fla.) (0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in two innings of work. Nesselt was just one of five ETSU pitchers that saw action in the contest.
Bryant Noteboom, Ross Hefley and Cody Jones hit had two hits on the night to lead the Catamounts. Noteboom and Adam Martin each had two RBI to pace Western Carolina.
Dylan Pratt (Johnson City, Tenn.) and Alex Reynolds (Johnson City, Tenn.) were each 2-for-4 on the afternoon to lead the Bucs at the plate. Meanwhile, Andrew Green (Powell, Tenn.), Derek Niesman (Wellington, Fla.) and John Long (Anderson, S.C.) each had a hit and an RBI on the day.
The Catamounts got on the scoreboard in the second inning as Martin blasted a two-run homer to put WCU in front 2-0. Nesselt got two quick outs in the inning, but Jones reached on an infield single to extend the inning. Martin then connected on the first pitch he saw from Nesselt for his third homer of the year.
Western Carolina extended its lead in the fifth inning by adding a run on two hits in the inning. Jones got the inning started by ripping a leadoff single up the middle. Then, Luke Gragg lined an RBI single into right field to score Jones from third.
ETSU responded with two runs in the top of the sixth inning thanks to a pair of hits and a couple of WCU errors. With one out in the frame, Freeman reached on an error by the second baseman and Pratt singled up the middle. Then, with two outs in the inning, Long drove in Freeman with an RBI single to right field. With runners on the corners and two outs, Niesman ripped a ball to the third baseman that was misplayed, allowing Pratt to score to make the score 3-2.
The Catamounts regained a three-run lead after getting across two runs on three hits. Noteboom drilled a pinch hit double down the left field line to lead off the inning. Heffley followed with a base hit that advanced Noteboom to third. Then, Jacob Hoyle drove in Noteboom with a sacrifice fly to center field. Tyler White then singled to right field – moving Heffley over to third. After getting himself caught in a rundown between first and second during a stolen base attempt, Heffley broke towards the plate and scored without a throw, while White was tagged out at first.
Western Carolina added two runs in the seventh to extend its lead to 7-2. Noteboom drilled a two-run double in the right centerfield gap to score Martin and Garrett Brown. Brown came into the game to pinch run for Dale Urquahart, who had a pinch hit single. Martin led off the inning with a walk.
ETSU tacked on a run in the top of the ninth after recording three hits in the inning. Niesman and Reynolds led off the inning with back to back singles. Then, with one out, Green drove in Niesman from second on an RBI single up the middle.
ETSU returns home for a three-game set against Atlantic 10 foe La Salle beginning on Friday at Thomas Stadium.
- With two hits on the day, Dylan Pratt has now reached base in every contest this season and it was his fifth multi-hit game of the year.
- Western Carolina now leads the all-time series 61-28. The Catamounts have now won six straight in the series.
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