Cullowhee, NC (WIAT)—The Samford baseball team dropped a 21-7 decision in game two of a three-game Southern Conference series at Western Carolina Saturday afternoon at Hennon Stadium.
With the loss, Samford falls to 19-17 overall and 8-9 in Southern Conference play. Western Carolina improves to 21-16 overall and 11-6 in SoCon play.
In the loss, Samford was led at the plate by C.K. Irby, going 3-for-5 with an RBI. Damon Waller went 2-for-2 with an RBI, while Brandon Powell went 2-for-2.
Irby (5-3) was also the starting pitcher for the Bulldogs, taking the loss. Irby pitched 1.2 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on three hits in taking the loss.
For Western Carolina, Adam Martin went 4-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Tyler White went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Julian Ridings went 3-for-6 with an RBI, while Aaron Attaway had a home run and four RBI in a 1-for-3 performance.
Morgan McKinney (2-2) pitched 7.0 strong innings to earn the win for the Catamounts. McKinney gave up four runs, just one earned, on seven hits.
Western Carolina jumped out to an early lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ridings doubled to drive in Attaway for the game’s first run. Luke Gragg later doubled to drive in White and Ridings for a 3-0 Western Carolina lead.
The Catamounts added two runs in the bottom of the second inning to make the score 5-0. Jacob Hoyle and Dykota Spiess drove in a run each for a five-run WCU lead.
Samford came back with four runs in the top of the third inning to cut the Western Carolina lead to 5-4. Tommy Corbin doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Zeth Stone for Samford’s first run of the game. Richard Greene scored the second run of the inning on a WCU error. Irby then singled to drive in Jared Watson to make the score 5-3. Phillip Ervin then singled to drive in Irby to pull Samford to within one run.
Western Carolina plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to push its lead to 8-4. White hit a solo home run to lead off the inning. Spiess and Attaway also drove in a run each for the Catamounts in the fourth inning.
The Catamounts broke the game open with six runs in the fifth inning. Attaway hit a three-run home run in the inning for WCU. Bradley Strong drove in two runs, while Austin Neary drove in one run to make the score 14-4.
Western Carolina plated three more runs in the sixth inning to push its lead to 17-4. Strong drove in one run, and Martin hit a two-run homer to give the Catamounts a 13-run advantage.
In the seventh inning, Western Carolina scored another run to make the score 18-4. Neary hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Ridings for the lone run in the seventh inning.
Samford scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to cut the WCU lead to 18-7. Patrick McGavin, Waller and Anthony Gonzalez drove in a run each in the eighth inning for the Bulldogs.
Western Carolina added three final runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the final score 21-7. Ridings, White and Hoyle drove in a run each in the inning for the Catamounts.
The teams will conclude their series with a game Sunday at 12 p.m. (CT). The game can be heard locally on WVSU-FM 91.1, or worldwide on the internet at www.samford.edu/wvsu. Live stats will also be available through links on the baseball schedule page at www.samfordsports.com.
(Courtesy: Samford Athletics)