May 26, 2010
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CBI Live: SoCon Game 1: #2 CofC 12, #7 ASU 11 (11)
CBI Live: SoCon Game 3: #1 The Citadel 9, #8 Furman 5
CBI Live: SoCon Game
4: #4 Elon 1, #5 Samford 0
Western Carolina past Georgia Southern
By Phil Stanton
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Pitching and defense won it.
Junior right-hander Matt Benedict allowed two
runs in 7.2 innings and his defense played error-free behind him
as sixth-seeded Western Carolina defeated third-seeded Georgia
Southern 11-4 in the first round of the Southern Conference
Tournament at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The Catamounts (35-19-1) will face second-seeded
College of Charleston Thursday evening, while the Eagles (34-23)
face seventh-seeded Appalachian State at 9 a.m. in an
A second-team all-SoCon selection, Benedict (9-1)
bent but rarely broke. He scattered 10 hits, walked one (the
final hitter he faced) and fanned seven. GSU stranded 10 in the
Benedict was the first recruit signed by WCU head
coach Bobby Moranda when he was named head coach in 2008.
Benedict was still available in July, one month prior to the
start of school. Moranda had seen Benedict as a camper at
Georgia Tech while on staff there.
The Eagles got on the board first as Kyle
Blackburn had a base hit to plate Shawn Payne in the bottom of
the first. But it was all WCU after that.
The Catamounts dented home plate in each of the
next six frames. Matt Johns had his 10th homer, a two-run shot,
to cap a three-run fourth as WCU built a 6-1 lead. The
Catamounts put up three more in the fifth to make a commanding
Johns finished with two hits and two runs.
Ninth-place hitter Dylan de Graaf went 3 for 4 with two runs and
three RBI for WCU.
Blackburn went 4 for 5 with two RBI for the
Eagles. Payne added two hits and two runs for GSU.
(photos courtesy of Southern
Conference Media Relations Office)