Baseball News Release

THIS WEEK: Bearcats (15-10, 11-4 NWC) face four NWC road games
-----Friday, April 18 at Pacific Lutheran*, 2:00

-----Saturday, April 19 at Pacific Lutheran* (2), noon
-----Tuesday, April 22 at Lewis & Clark*, 3:30

* Northwest Conference opponent

LAST WEEK: Bearcats fall to second place in NWC after going 2-2

-----Tuesday, April 8: Willamette 13, at Linfield 1
Willamette took advantage of nine Linfield errors and Bearcat LHP Mike Allen (Fr., Ashland HS) was steady on the mound, striking out five without a walk in eight innings work. Allen also came through at the plate, going 3 for 5 with two RBI and a scored a run. RF Matt Drahn (Jr., Taft HS) went 3 for 5 with an RBI.

-----Saturday, April 12: Pacific 7, at Willamette 6 (10)
Matt Lengwenus scored the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice in the top of the 10th inning as Pacific upended Willamette 7-6 in a Northwest Conference game at John Lewis Field. The Boxers appeared to be cruising to an easy win as they went ahead 5-0. However, the Bearcats tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh on a grand slam home run by RF Matt Drahn (Jr., Taft HS), and went ahead 6-5 later in the frame when C Travis Shull (Jr., Westview HS) scored on a ground out. But Pacific forced extra innings with a single run in the top of the eighth. Willamette threatened in the bottom of the ninth with two base runners and only one out, but reliever Damian Munoz got an inning-ending double play.

-----Sunday, April 13: at Willamette 5-6, Pacific 7-5 (first game 10 innings)
Willamette scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn a 6-5 victory over Pacific and a doubleheader split with the Boxers at John Lewis Field. Pacific won the opener, 7-5, in 10 innings. In the first game, Pacific scored two unearned runs in the top of the 10th inning. The Bearcats committed two infield errors in the frame after two were out. Willamette had four players finish with two hits: SS Colin Griffin (Jr., Jesuit HS), C Travis Shull (Jr., Westview HS), 1B Jason Chatterton (Gr., Clackamas HS) and 3B Andy Bartels (Jr., Phoenix HS). One of Shull’s hits was a solo home run to lead off the eighth inning. In the ninth inning of the second game, the Bearcats loaded the bases after Shull singled both and DH/RHP Brian Gilmore (So., McNary HS) and CF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.) were hit by a pitch. After Chatterton struck out swinging for the second out, Bartels drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch from reliever Derek Haner. The result made a winner out of Gilmore, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Bearcat LHP Mike Allen (Fr., Ashland HS) pitched eight innings, allowing 12 hits and a walk while striking out five. None of the five runs scored against him were earned. Allen also went 4 for 4 at the plate for the Bearcats, while Griffin, Chatterton and RF Matt Drahn (Jr., Taft HS) each contributed two hits.

NOTES: The Bearcats are 8-1 this season in 1-run games … three players have started all 25 games for WU this season: RF Matt Drahn (Jr., Taft HS); CF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.); and SS Colin Griffin (Jr., Jesuit HS) … Ecklund has struck out only five times in 111 at-bats, and he is batting .355 against lefties and .350 against righties … Willamette is batting .469 with the bases loaded, compared to a .275 average for the opponents … the Bearcats are also batting .337 with runners in scoring position, compared to .248 for the opposition.

STATISTICS: As of April 8, Willamette was ranked fourth in the Northwest Conference in team pitching (4.95), fourth in team batting (.303) and ninth in team fielding (.923). Individually, 1B/DH Jason Chatterton (Gr., Clackamas HS) is ninth in the conference in batting at .378. RHP Jeff Jensen (So., North Salem HS) and Zach Vande Griend (So., Salem Academy HS) were seventh and eighth, respectively, in NWC ERA at 3.72 and 3.90. Jensen also shares the NWC strikeout lead at 53 with George Fox’s Scott Hyde.



AVE: .383, Jason Chatterton
HITS: 39, Drew Ecklund
HOME RUNS: 3, Mike Allen
RBI: 27, Mike Allen
STOLEN BASES: 10, Drew Ecklund
WINS: 3, Zach Vande Griend, Mike Allen
SAVES: 2, Jeff Ross, Brian Gilmore
ERA: 3.93, Jeff Jensen
INN. PITCHED: 65.2, Zach Vande Griend
STRIKEOUTS: 59, 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)

George Fox (21-7) 14 3 .824
WILLAMETTE (15-10) 11 4 .733
Pacific (17-11) 9 6 .600
Whitworth (11-13-1) 8 6 .571
Linfield (13-15) 9 9 .500
Puget Sound (12-13) 6 8 .429
Pacific Lutheran (7-20) 6 8 .429
Lewis & Clark (8-20-1) 6 12 .333
Whitman (3-20) 1 14 .067


Head coach David Wong became Willamette’s all-time winningest baseball coach on Saturday, March 29 following Willamette’s sweep of Whitworth (see 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 15-10 11-4
TOTAL 281-218-3 175-94

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.

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