GREENVILLE, S.C. (Wofford Athletics)– The Wofford College baseball team was defeated 11-6 by Western Carolina on Saturday in the 2021 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament presented by Holston Gases. With the loss, the season comes to an end for the Terriers.
The Catamounts scored four runs in the first inning and had a 9-2 lead through five innings. The Terriers plated three runs in the sixth inning and made it a 9-6 game after seven innings. Both teams left the bases loaded in the eighth inning and the Catamounts scored twice in the top of the ninth for an 11-6 advantage. Wofford was retired in order in the ninth to close the game.
Wofford is 36-21 overall on the season. The Catamounts are 28-20 and advance to play Samford on Sunday for the league championship.
- The Catamounts had 16 hits in the game to seven for the Terriers. Wofford was led by Jack Renwick with two hits.
- The game lasted five and a half hours, primarily due to multiple replay reviews including one for 25 minutes.
- Wofford starter Dom Marcoccio (3-1) went one inning with four runs allowed on five hits. Matthew Marchal gave up five runs on four hits and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Clay Schwaner worked 2.2 scoreless innings with two strikeouts and four hits allowed. Zach Byron allowed two runs on two hits in an inning, along with three strikeouts. Dalton Rhadans gave up one hit in a third of an inning. Sam Stratton faced two batters and recorded two outs.
- Zach Franklin (7-4) started for Western Carolina and went 5.2 innings with five runs allowed on six hits and five walks. Eric Wallington gave up one run in a third of an inning. Jacob Corn faced one batter. Jack Snyder earned the save by going throwing three scoreless innings with one hit allowed.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Western Carolina opened the game with a double, single and home run for a 3-0 lead. A solo home run made it 4-0 and two runners were stranded at the end of the top half. Nolen Hester led off the Wofford half with a walk and Colin Davis followed with a double. Ground outs by Lawson Hill and Trey Yunger drove in both runners for a 4-2 game.
- The Catamounts were retired in order in the top of the second and then they turned a double play to end the bottom of the inning. With two outs in the top of the third, the bases were loaded after three batters were hit by pitch. A triple to the corner in centerfield drove in three runs to make it a 7-2 game.
- Nolen Hester singled to begin the bottom of the third inning and Lawson Hill added a single with one out. The Catamounts turned a double play to end the inning. To lead off the fourth inning, Western Carolina had a solo home run to extend the lead to 8-2. Wofford left one on base in the bottom of the fourth.
- With one out in the top of the fifth, the Catamounts had back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. A sacrifice bunt plated a run for a 9-2 advantage. Wofford went in order to end the fifth inning.
- In the top of the sixth inning, Western Carolina stranded one runner after a single. With one out in the bottom of the frame, Trey Yunger walked and Jack Renwick doubled. A walk to John Dempsey loaded the bases and a single by Brennen Dorighi drove in a run. Ryan Galanie was hit by a pinch to score Renwick and cut the lead to 9-4. Shane Lussier hit a ground ball with Galanie out at second base and Lussier out at first on the double play. After a replay review, it was determined that Lussier was safe at first on the play (a fielder’s choice), John Dempsey scored from third and the third out was made at home plate with Dorighi. A protest was then lodged by the Terriers and after a 25-minute discussion it was ruled that the play was dead after the overturned call at first. This resulted in runners on the corners with two outs. An infield pop-up ended the inning with the Terriers trailing 9-5.
- The Catamounts began the seventh inning with a walk and single. The runners moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt and after a strikeout a walk had the bases loaded. A strikeout stranded three runners.
- Colin Davis walked to lead-off the bottom of the seventh. On a fielder’s choice by Lawson Hill, Davis was ruled safe at second after a replay review. They advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch and with one out a ground ball by Jack Renwick scored Hill for a 9-6 margin.
- In the top of the eighth, the Catamounts led off with back-to-back singles. A walk loaded the bases and three straight strikeouts by Zach Byron stranded the runners.
- Wofford had an infield single by Ryan Galanie with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. A ground out advanced Galanie to second, which appeared to be a double play but was overturned by replay. Nolen Hester and Colin Davis walked to load the bases. A ground out ended the inning with the three runners left on base.
- The ninth inning began with back-to-back singles. With one out an RBI made it 10-6 and runners were on the corners. A ground out scored a run for an 11-6 lead in the middle of the ninth. Wofford was retired in order to end the game.