Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cats sweep Rider

Adam Martin - Photo courtesy WCU Media Relations
The Catamounts swept the Rider Broncs in a three game series over the weekend in Cullowhee.

Taking the double header Saturday in a commanding fashion, Western Carolina's offensive explosion was led by senior Adam Martin who finished 5-for-8 with three home runs including a grand slam, driving home 10 runs in the twin bill, eight in game one alone - just one shy of matching the school single-game record.

Martin finished with a .625 batting average and a 1.750 slugging percentage in the win. He also walked three times, twice intentionally put on base with the free pass, and drove in a run on a sacrifice fly.

In addition to Martin's three round-trippers, juniors Jacob Hoyle and Dale Urquhart Jr. both hit home runs. A third junior, Bradley Strong, collected three extra base hits in a 6-for-10 performance on Saturday, legging out a school-record tying two doubles in the opener and adding a double with three RBI.

All told, 10 different Catamounts recorded an RBI between the two games on Saturday with seven tallying three-or-more.

“It was hard to watch at times,” said Rider head coach Barry Davis, “especially when you give up 21 runs in two innings. The scores were not indicative of the games.”

Western Carolina concludes its current four-game home stand by hosting former - and future - SoCon foe, East Tennessee State, on Wednesday, March 19 in the front-end of a home-and-home. First pitch at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium is scheduled for 5:00 pm.