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After three scoreless innings that saw Western Carolina strand five runners, the Catamounts (7-4) broke through in the fourth, scoring a pair of two-out runs off ETSU reliever Jimmy Tidwell (Acworth, Ga.).
Holding a 2-0 lead, the Catamounts scored two more times in both the fifth and the sixth innings off reliever Darren Caldwell (Spartanburg, S.C.), while holding the Bucs to a lone fifth inning run to enter the seventh inning with a 6-1 advantage.
Sophomore Troy Mendez (
The Bucs (9-5) threatened again in the ninth inning, scoring twice to cut the deficit to 7-4, and had the tying run on deck in senior Michael Courtney (
Tidwell (0-1) took the loss for the Bucs, surrendering two runs in 1 1/3 innings of work; his first runs allowed in six appearances this season. Catamount starter Chris Masters (2-0) limited the Bucs to one run in his six innings of work, striking out five and walking just one for his second career win. Martin pitched the final three innings for his first save of the season.
The Bucs are back in action Wednesday afternoon, taking on Appalachian State at at