Bearcats take doubleheader from Whitman, 10-6, 5-4

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Willamette moved its overall record to above the .500 mark and improved its Northwest Conference record to 4-1 on Sunday with a doubleheader sweep over host Whitman.

The Bearcats won by scores of 10-6 and 5-4 to improve their record to 8-7 overall.

In the first game, freshman Mike Allen did a little bit of everything for WU. He hit a single and home run in five at-bats and finished the game with five RBI. Allen also started the game on the mound, allowing three earns runs over six innings before giving way to Jeff Ross (1-0), another freshman. Ross yielded just three hits over the final three innings to earn his first collegiate victory.

Willamette also got a pair of hits from Travis Shull and leadoff hitter Drew Ecklund scored twice. The Bearcats trailed 6-2 heading into the eighth inning. WU tallied five runs in the frame and received insurance in the top of the ninth with a three-run homer by Allen.

The nightcap was a pitching battle between a couple of Jensens — Willamette’s Jeff Jensen and Whitman’s Jake Jensen. Both pitchers went the entire nine innings. Jeff Jenson (1-1) allowed seven hits and four walks but struck out 12. Jake Jensen gave up 12 hits and four walks.

Colin Griffin, Andy Bartels, Dane Woldseth and Shull each had a pair of hits for Willamette. With two out in the top of the ninth inning, Shull doubled, knocking in Bartels with the go-ahead run.