[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Taylor Rogers was given the honor of the opening day start and he did not disappoint. Rogers notched his 12th career quality start by throwing six innings, a career high nine strikeouts, and gave up just one run to earn the victory for the Wildcats. The Cats took advantage of five Wofford errors to score 10 runs and belted out 12 hits. J.T Riddle drove in Austin Cousino in the 3rd to score the first run of the season after Cousino reached on an error. The Cats would go on to score an additional run in the inning, followed by a run in the 5th and 7th apiece, and three runs in both the 8th and 9th.
Rogers gave up his only run on a fielder’s choice in the 4th before handing the ball over to Walt Wijas who threw two scoreless innings before he surrendered a three run homerun and failed to retire a batter in the 9th. Chris Garrison and A.J. Reed combined to record the last three outs to secure the win.
Thomas McCarthy extended his hitting streak to 11 games dating back to last season with a solo homerun and Cameron Flynn hit two doubles and recorded an RBI by driving in Wijas in his first career at bat for the Cats.
The box score and post-game interviews with Coach Gary Henderson and winning pitcher Taylor Rogers can be found here.
Saturday time change
Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan has been moved up an hour to 11am, from noon, due to the weather forecast. Jerad Grundy will get the start and the game can be heard on WGVN-1580-AM. Sunday’s game against USC Upstate may also be pushed back to Sunday night due to weather.
Other baseball notes
Boston Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield retired today after 19 seasons (17 with the Red Sox) and 200 wins. Wakefield, 45, was the oldest active player in MLB last season. His departure leaves New York Mets righthander R.A. Dickey as the only knuckleball pitcher in the MLB.
The New York Yankees traded pitcher A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a host of minor leaguers. The Yankees will pay $18 million of the remaining $31 million remaining on Burnett’s contract.
Finally, Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died yesterday after a nearly year long battle with a brain tumor. Carter, nicknamed “Kid” for his infectious enthusiasm for the game is remembered as being the best catcher of the 80’s and a member of the 1986 World Series Champion Mets. In 2003 he became the first player to be inducted to the hall of fame with a Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals) logo on his plaque.
John Wilmhoff will be along tomorrow to guide you through the weekend games. Follow me on twitter @mulloyKSR.
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