Salem-area pitchers lead Bearcats to 7-6 win over UBC

LEWISTON, Idaho — Three former Salem-area high school pitchers combined their efforts to lead Willamette (5-5) to a 7-6 victory over University of British Columbia (8-5) during the second day of the Jiffy Lube Tournament hosted by Lewis-Clark State College.

Starter Jeff Jensen, a sophomore from North Salem High, limited the Thunderbirds to two earned runs over five innings before giving way to Pat Everitt, also a former Viking. Everitt (1-0) 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. Jeff Ross, a freshman from Salem’s Sprague High, gave up one hit and one walk over the final two innings to pick up his second save of the season.

Willamette is now 1-1 in the round-robin tournament.

The Bearcats took a 4-2 lead in the second inning on a grand slam home run by Jason Chatterton. 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. Matt Drahn made the score 5-4 with a run-scoring double. Travis Shull and Mike Allen 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.

The Bearcats were to follow up the UBC game against host Lewis-Clark State, the No. 1-ranked team in the NAIA.