Baseball News Release

THIS WEEK: Bearcats (5-7) host Western Baptist, travel to Whitman for NWC series

Tuesday, March 18 Western Baptist, 2:00

Saturday, March 22 At Whitman* (2), noon

Sunday, March 23 At Whitman*, noon

* Northwest Conference opponent

LAST WEEK: Bearcats go 1-3 in Jiffy Lube Tournament at Lewis-Clark State

-----Friday, March 14: Bellevue (Neb.) 16, Willamette 1
Fourth-ranked (NAIA) Bellevue (Neb.) had 17 hits - five of which were home runs - in beating Willamette 16-1 in the first day of the Jiffy Lube Tournament hosted by Lewis-Clark State College. The Bearcats were limited to just two hits: a double by SS Colin Griffin (Jr., Jesuit HS) and a single by DH Brian Gilmore (So., McNary HS).

-----Saturday, March 15: Willamette 7, British Columbia 6
Three former Salem-area high school pitchers combined their efforts to lead Willamette to a 7-6 victory over University of British Columbia during the second day of the Jiffy Lube Tournament. RHP Jeff Jensen (So., North Salem HS) limited the Thunderbirds to two earned runs over five innings before giving way to LHP Pat Everitt (So., North Salem HS). Everitt gave up two runs in as many innings, but was the beneficiary of three runs in the top of the eighth inning to earn his first collegiate victory. LHP Jeff Ross (Fr., Sprague HS) gave up one hit and one walk over the final two innings to pick up his second save of the season. The Bearcats took a 4-2 lead in the second inning on a grand slam home run by 1B Jason Chatterton (Sr., Clackamas HS). The round-tripper was his first of the season and fourth of his career. The T-Birds tied the game at 4-4 after single runs in the third and fifth innings. But the Bearcats took the lead for good in the eighth with three runs. RF Matt Drahn (Jr., Taft HS) made the score 5-4 with a run-scoring double. C Travis Shull (Jr., Westview HS) and LF Mike Allen (Fr., Ashland HS) then followed with run-scoring singles to make it 7-4. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Everitt loaded the bases before Ross replaced him. After giving up a run-scoring single and allowing another run to score on a wild pitch, Ross retired the next three batters of the inning on a strikeout, a foul pop-up and a strikeout.

-----Saturday, March 15: Lewis-Clark State 10, Willamette 3
Three hits by host Lewis-Clark State (14-1) plated eight runs, propelling the nation’s top-ranked NAIA team to a 10-3 victory over Willamette during the second day of the Jiffy Lube Tournament. Lewis-Clark State, which had only lost to Washington State to date, took a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning thanks in large part to a grand slam home run by Nick Browne. The Warriors also got a two-run homer in the sixth inning and a two-run double in the seventh to take a commanding 10-0 lead. But the Bearcats made things interesting with a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, LF Mike Allen (Fr., Ashland HS) hit a sacrifice fly and C Ken Halpin (So., North Medford HS) pushed across another run with a bases-loaded walk. But WU left the bases loaded to end the inning. The Bearcats stranded 10 runners in the game, compared to eight for the hosts. Allen led Willamette by going 2 for 2 at the plate. 1B Jason Chatterton (Sr., Clackamas HS), who hit a grand slam home run in a 7-6 win over British Columbia earlier in the day, drove in Allen with a single in the seventh.

-----Sunday, March 16: British Columbia 13, Willamette 6
Willamette took early leads of 3-0 and 5-2 in the consolation game of the Jiffy Lube Tournament, but the latter innings belonged to British Columbia. WU 3B Andy Bartels (Jr., Phoenix HS) led the Bearcat offense, going 2 for 5 with two runs and two RBI. His two-run home run to right-center in the bottom of the fifth gave Willamette its last lead of the game at 5-4. UBC then scored two runs in the sixth, three more in the seventh and eighth, and one more in the ninth to close out its scoring. CF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.) went 2 for 5 with a stolen base for the Bearcats. Willamette committed six errors in the game, leading to five unearned runs. WU RHP Mike Allen (Fr., Ashland HS) gave up eight hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings, and struck out one. But four errors behind him led to four unearned runs.

STATISTICS: As of March 11, Willamette was ranked second in the Northwest Conference in team pitching (3.65), fifth in team batting (.289) and ninth in team fielding (.926). Individually, OF Mike Allen (Fr., Ashland HS) and C Ken Halpin (So., North Medford HS) ranked ninth and 10th in NWC batting with respective averages of .406 and .400. Starting pitchers Jeff Jensen (So., North Salem HS) and Zach Vande Griend (So., Salem Academy HS) ranked third and eighth, respectively, in conference ERA at 1.53 and 2.86.

NOTES: RHP Anton Chiono (Fr., Paisley HS) had a challenging collegiate debut Saturday: facing the NAIA’s top-ranked team in Lewis-Clark State College. He entered the top of the ninth inning with the Warriors leading 10-3. Chiono pitched an inning of scoreless relief, allowing a hit and a walk.

AVE: .400, Mike Allen
HITS: 18, Mike Allen
HOME RUNS: 1, six players
RBI: 11, Mike Allen
STOLEN BASES: 4, Drew Ecklund
WINS: 2, Mike Allen
SAVES: 2, Jeff Ross
ERA: 1.99, Jeff Jensen
INN. PITCHED: 29.0, Zach Vande Griend
STRIKEOUTS: 21, Jeff Jensen


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)

Whitworth (6-5-1) 4 0 1.000
Pacific (10-5) 2 1 .667
WILLAMETTE (5-7) 2 1 .667
George Fox (9-5) 2 2 .500
Linfield (6-6) 2 2 .500
Pacific Lutheran (4-9) 3 3 .500
Lewis & Clark (4-10) 2 3 .400
Whitman (3-9) 1 3 .250
Puget Sound (6-8) 0 3 .000

Head coach David Wong is just six wins shy of becoming the all-time winningest baseball coach at Willamette (see note below).

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 5-7 2-1
TOTAL 271-215-3 166-91

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.

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