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Wofford Baseball Falls 9-1 In Series Opener Against Western Carolina

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Wofford Baseball Falls 9-1 In Series Opener Against Western Carolina

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – To open the weekend series, the Wofford College baseball team was defeated 9-1 by Western Carolina on Friday night at Russell C. King Field. The Catamounts had a 3-1 lead after five innings and then scored five runs in the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.

Wofford is 16-11 overall and 1-3 in the Southern Conference. Western Carolina is 12-13 overall and 3-1 in league play. The Terriers were held to just five hits in the contest, including two by Max McDougald. J.D. Lon had a grand slam home run for the Catamounts, while Caleb Robinson added a pair of RBIs.

The Catamounts were retired in order to begin the first inning. Max McDougald singled in the bottom of the first, but was stranded at second base. In the second inning, Western Carolina left a pair of runners on base after a double and a walk, while Wofford left one on base in the frame. Western Carolina was retired in order to begin the third inning. The Terriers had runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the third inning, but a double play ended the scoring chance.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Catamounts had runners on the corners with one out. An error on a fielder’s choice scored one run and a single made it 2-0. With the bases loaded, a double play ended the top half of the inning. Wofford was retired in order in the bottom of the fourth inning. Western Carolina led off the fifth with a single by Garrett Brown. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, took third on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch for a 3-0 lead.

Wofford loaded the bases with three straight balls in the infield in the bottom of the fifth inning. A ground out by Alec Paradowski drove in a run for a 3-1 game. After a strike out, McClain Bradley walked to load the bases. A strike out looking ended the fifth inning for the Terriers with three runners stranded. The Catamounts loaded the bases with a pair of walks and an error on a fielder’s choice in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, a home run by J.D. Long cleared the bases and gave Western Carolina a 7-1 advantage. After two more singles gave Western Carolina runners on the corner, a fielder’s choice had the lead runner out at home. A single up the middle added a run for an 8-1 game and with the bases loaded a fly ball ended the top half of the sixth.

After Wofford left one runner on base in the bottom of the sixth inning, both teams were retired in order in the seventh inning. A double play ended the top of the eighth inning for the Catamounts. McClain Bradley singled to begin the bottom of the eighth. In the top of the ninth with two outs, a walk and a wild pitch put a runner in scoring position. A single by Caleb Robinson drove in the run for a 9-1 lead. Wofford had one runner reach base in the bottom of the ninth on a walk, but was left on base to end the game.

Wofford pitcher Matthew Milburn (4-3) went 5.1 innings and gave up eight runs on seven hits. He struck out two batters and walked four. Elliot Lance worked two-thirds of an inning with two hits allowed. Merritt Huber went two innings without allowing a hit. Connor Foltyn worked the ninth and allowed one run on one hit and added a strike out.

Brendon Nail (1-4) started for Western Carolina and threw seven innings with one run allowed on four hits. He walked three batters and recorded seven strike outs. Dylan Biumi went the final two innings and allowed one hit with three strike outs.

Wofford and Western Carolina will also play Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to complete the weekend Southern Conference series.

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