Baseball News Release

THIS WEEK: Bearcats (13-8, 9-2 NWC) face four key NWC games in six days

-----Tuesday, April 8 at Linfield, 3:00 (Make-up game. Contest with Western Oregon canceled)
-----Saturday, April 12 Pacific* (2), noon
-----Sunday, April 13 Pacific*, noon

* Northwest Conference opponent

LAST WEEK: Bearcats hang on to first place in NWC after split at Linfield

-----Tuesday, April 2: Willamette’s game at Western Baptist postponed due to rain

-----Saturday, April 5: Doubleheader at Linfield postponed due to rain

-----Sunday, April 6: Bearcats, Wildcats split twinbill
In the first game, Willamette broke a 7-7 tie with three runs in the seventh inning. RBIs by CF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.), SS Colin Griffin (Jr., Jesuit HS) and C Travis Shull (Jr., Westview HS) carried the Bearcats to the win. Ecklund went 4 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Griffin and 2B Matt Johnson (Fr., Port Angeles HS) also had a pair of hits as the Bearcats piled up a dozen hits on three Linfield pitchers.
In the nightcap, Linfield hurler Jordan Rasmussen allowed no earned runs over seven innings as the Wildcats outhit the Bearcats 14-4. C Travis Shull (Jr., Westview HS) was the only Willamette player with multiple hits, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. The loss ended the Bearcats’ eight-game winning streak.


NOTES: The Bearcats are 7-0 this season in 1-run games and are 2-0 in extra-inning games … four players have started all 21 games for WU this season: RF Matt Drahn (Jr., Taft HS); CF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.); LF/DH Mike Allen (Fr., Ashland HS); and SS Colin Griffin (Jr., Jesuit HS).


STATISTICS: As of April 1, Willamette was ranked second in the Northwest Conference in team pitching (4.45), fourth in team batting (.312) and ninth in team fielding (.921). Individually, 1B/DH Jason Chatterton (Gr., Clackamas HS) is third in the conference in batting at .419. RHP Jeff Jensen (So., North Salem HS) and Zach Vande Griend (So., Salem Academy HS) were third and ninth, respectively, in NWC ERA at 2.41 and 3.31. Jensen also shares the NWC strikeout lead at 47 with George Fox’s Scott Hyde.


WU STATS: /www.willamette.edu/athletics/baseball/records.htm


BEARCAT STATISTICAL LEADERS (through April 7)
AVE: .378, Jason Chatterton
HITS: 35, Drew Ecklund
HOME RUNS: 3, Mike Allen
RBI: 23, Mike Allen
STOLEN BASES: 9, Drew Ecklund
WINS: 3, Zach Vande Griend
SAVES: 2, Jeff Ross, Brian Gilmore
ERA: 3.52, Jeff Jensen
INN. PITCHED: 57.2, Zach Vande Griend
STRIKEOUTS: 53, 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 April 7)
W L PCT
WILLAMETTE (13-8) 9 2 .818
George Fox (18-7) 11 3 .785
Pacific (15-9) 7 4 .636
Whitworth (10-12-1) 8 6 .571
Pacific Lutheran (7-17) 6 6 .500
Linfield (10-14) 6 8 .429
Lewis & Clark (8-17-1) 6 9 .400
Puget Sound (9-13) 3 8 .273
Whitman (3-17) 1 11 .083


THE DAVID WONG YEARS AT WILLAMETTE
Head coach David Wong became Willamette’s all-time winningest baseball coach on Saturday, March 29 following Willamette’s sweep of Whitworth (see 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 13-8 9-2
TOTAL 279-216-3 173-92

NOTE: The all-time school record for wins by a Willamette head coach was held by the late John Lewis until Saturday, March 29, when David Wong logged win No. 277. 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