Willamette (2-3) splits pair in tournament

Willamette split its final two games of the Jugs Spring Baseball Tournament Sunday, bowing to Western Baptist (6-4) before rebounding to topple Eastern Oregon (17-7).

The Bearcats are now 2-3 on the season.

In the game against Western Baptist, which was played at WU’s John Lewis Field, the Bearcats committed seven errors and were out-hit 8-5.

Sophomore transfer Zach Vande Griend (0-2) went the distance on the hill for Willamette, allowing eight hits and three walks over eight innings. Only half of the runs he gave up were earned.

In the second game at Linfield, where the remainder of the tournament was held, Willamette exploded for 17 hits. The Bearcats tallied 13 or their runs in the second and fourth innings.

WU was led offensively by center fielder Drew Ecklund, who went 3 for 4 with four RBI. Designated hitter Travis Shull went 3 for 3 and catcher Ken Halpin went 2 for 2. Freshman Greg Goodenough had a pinch-hit solo home run. Mike Allen and Andy Bartels had two hits apiece.

The offensive support was more than enough for senior right-hander Tyler Hunnex (1-0), who went six innings on the mound, striking out four while allowing six hits and a walk.