Baseball News Release

THIS WEEK: Bearcats (4-4) to play four games in Jiffy Lube Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho
Willamette will play four games Friday through Sunday in the four-team Jiffy Lube Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho. The tournament is hosted by defending NAIA champion Lewis-Clark State College.

The tournament schedule:
Friday, March 14
10:00 - Bellevue (Neb.) vs. British Columbia
1:00 - LCSC vs. British Columbia
4:00 - Bellevue vs. Willamette

Saturday, March 15
10:00 - Willamette vs. British Columbia
1:00 - Willamette vs. LCSC
4:00 - Bellevue vs. LCSC

Sunday, March 16
10:30 - No. 3 seed vs. No. 4 seed
1:00 - No. 1 seed vs. No. 2 seed

LAST WEEK: Bearcats take 2 of 3 from defending NWC champion George Fox

-----Sunday, March 9: at Willamette 4, George Fox 3 (11)
Matt Johnson (Fr., Port Angeles HS, Wash.) singled home the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, enabling Willamette to upend defending Northwest Conference champion George Fox, 4-3, at John Lewis Field. It was the NWC opener for both teams. Johnson, WU’s second baseman, singled a 1-1 pitch sharply into left field to score pinch runner Ken Halpin (So., North Medford HS) from third base. The decision made a winner out of Bearcat reliever Zach Vande Griend (So., Salem Academy HS), who struck out five batters in two innings of work. Vande Griend (1-2) came on in relief in the 10th inning for Jeff Jensen (So., North Salem HS), who scattered 10 hits and three walks over nine frames.

-----Monday, March 11: at Willamette 9-2, George Fox 7-6
Willamette and George Fox split its make-up doubleheader on Monday at John Lewis Field, with the Bearcats winning the first game 9-7 and the Bruins taking the nightcap 6-2. Willamette won the first game in dramatic fashion, scoring five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Bearcat first baseman John Cox (So., University HS, Spokane, Wash.), won the game with a walk-off grand-slam home run to right center. Cox also had two doubles in the game, and Mike Allen (Fr., Ashland HS) and Ken Halpin (So., North Medford HS) each added three hits for the winners. In the second game, Willamette starter Zach Vande Griend (So., Salem Academy HS) went the distance on the mound, allowing seven hits and a walk while striking out seven Bruin hitters. Three of the six runs he gave up were unearned.


STATISTICS:
As of March 3, Willamette was ranked third in the Northwest Conference in team batting (.316), second in team pitching (3.38) and ninth in team fielding (.913). Individually, OF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.) and 3B Andy Bartels (Jr., Phoenix HS) ranked fourth and 10th in NWC batting with respective averages of .500 and .421. Starting pitchers Jeff Jensen (So., North Salem HS), Chris Murrell (So., Serra HS, San Diego, Calif.) and Zach Vande Griend (So., Salem Academy HS) ranked third, sixth and ninth, respectively, in conference ERA at 1.04, 1.69 and 2.45.


NOTES: The Bearcats have outscored their opponents 7-1 in the ninth inning this year … Greg Goodenough (Fr., Baker HS) hit a pinch-hit solo home run in his first and only at-bat March 2 against Eastern Oregon. His slugging average is 4.000.


BEARCAT STATISTICAL LEADERS (through March 10)

AVE: .406, Mike Allen
HITS: 13, Mike Allen
HOME RUNS: 1, Mike Allen
1, Greg Goodenough
1, Ken Halpin
1, John Cox
RBI: 8, Mike Allen
STOLEN BASES: 2, Matt Johnson, Drew Ecklund
WINS: 2, Mike Allen
SAVES: 1, Jeff Ross
ERA: 1.53, Jeff Jensen
INN. PITCHED: 22.0, Zach Vande Griend
STRIKEOUTS: 17, Jeff Jensen


2003 WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY BASEBALL ROSTER

NO PLAYER POS B/T HT WT YR/EL HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE)
2 Dane Woldseth INF R/R 5-10 165 So./So. Bellevue, Wash. (Issaquah)
3 Zach Vande Griend P/INF R/R 5-9 170 So./So. Salem, Ore. (Salem Academy, Dordt)
4 Jeff Jensen P RHP 5-10 185 So./So. Salem, Ore. (North Salem)
6 Brian Gilmore INF/P S/R 6-0 185 Jr./So. Salem, Ore. (McNary)
7 Drew Ecklund OF R/R 6-0 180 Sr./Sr. San Luis Obispo, Calif. (San Luis Obispo,
Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo)
8 Matt Johnson INF R/R 5-11 185 Fr./Fr. Port Angeles, Wash. (Port Angeles)
9 Adam Holden OF L/L 6-0 185 Fr./Fr. Milton-Freewater, Ore. (McLoughlin)
10 B.J. Dobrkovsky INF R/R 6-3 190 Sr./Sr. Lebanon, Ore. (Lebanon)
11 Tyler Hunnex P RHP 5-9 190 Sr./Sr. Seattle, Wash. (The Bush School)
12 Colin Griffin INF S/R 6-0 187 Jr./Jr. Hillsboro, Ore. (Jesuit, Clackamas CC)
13 Anton Chiono P RHP 6-0 160 Fr./Fr. Summer Lake, Ore. (Paisley)
14 Travis Shull C R/R 6-1 190 Sr./Jr. Portland, Ore. (Westview, Lower Columbia CC)
15 Pat Everitt P LHP 6-0 165 Jr./So. Salem, Ore. (North Salem)
16 Steve Marchisio C R/R 6-0 205 Fr./Fr. Santa Cruz, Calif. (Santa Cruz)
17 Jeff Ross P/INF L/L 6-1 165 So./Fr. Salem, Ore. (Sprague)
18 Ken Halpin C R/R 6-1 200 Jr./So. Medford, Ore. (North Medford, Univ. of San Diego)
19 Mike Allen P/OF R/R 6-5 205 Fr./Fr. Ashland, Ore. (Ashland)
20 Matt Drahn OF R/R 6-0 205 Jr./Jr. Lincoln City, Ore. (Taft)
22 Nic Nottingham OF R/R 6-1 210 Fr./Fr. Hailey, Idaho (Wood River)
23 Chris Murrell P RHP 6-1 195 So./So. San Diego, Calif. (Serra)
24 John Cox INF L/L 6-2 220 So./So. Spokane, Wash. (University)
26 Andy Bartels INF/P R/R 6-3 205 Jr./Jr. Medford, Ore. (Phoenix)
27 Jason Chatterton C R/R 5-10 225 Gr./Sr. Portland, Ore. (Clackamas)
28 Greg Goodenough C/OF R/R 6-1 190 Fr./Fr. Baker City, Ore. (Baker)

HEAD COACH: [25] David Wong (13th year)
ASSISTANT COACHES: [1] Tom Bush (13th year); [21] John Horner (7th year)
SCOREKEEPER: Pam Bush (11th year)


NORTHWEST CONFERENCE STANDINGS (through March 10)
W L PCT
Whitworth (4-5-1) 2 0 1.000
WILLAMETTE (4-4) 2 1 .667
Lewis & Clark (4-8) 2 1 .667
Pacific Lutheran (3-7) 2 1 .667
George Fox (8-5) 1 2 .333
Linfield (5-6) 1 2 .333
Whitman (3-8) 1 2 .333
Pacific (8-4) 0 0 .000
Puget Sound (6-7) 0 2 .000


THE DAVID WONG YEARS AT WILLAMETTE
Head coach David Wong is just seven wins shy of becoming the all-time winningest baseball coach at Willamette (see note below).
OVERALL NWC PL.
1991 13-23-1 10-8 3rd
1992 22-20 11-7 3rd(t)
1993 24-13-1 11-6 2nd
1994 24-17 12-6 2nd(t)
1995 15-22-1 11-7 2nd
1996 22-17 13-8 3rd
1997 28-13 18-6 2nd(t)
1998 31-12 20-4 1st
1999 21-17 16-8 3rd
2000 24-17 15-9 3rd
2001 29-16 18-6 1st
2002 13-21 9-15 6th
2003 4-4 2-1
TOTAL 270-212-3 166-91

NOTE: The all-time school record for wins by a Willamette head coach is 276 by the late John Lewis. From 1948-72 (25 seasons), Lewis’ teams went 276-264 and won three Northwest Conference titles. Lewis also coached basketball at WU and served as athletic director. On Feb. 22, 2003, WU basketball coach Gordie James surpassed Lewis as Willamette’s all-time winningest basketball coach.


HOW TO CONTACT HEAD COACH DAVID WONG:
Office: (503) 370-6011
Email: dwong@willamette.edu

MORE INFORMATION ON THE WEB:
WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY: /www.willamette.edu/athletics/baseball
NORTHWEST CONFERENCE: http://www.nwcsports.com