Baseball News Release

THIS WEEK: Bearcats (17-11, 13-5 NWC) host Puget Sound in final home series
-----Tuesday, April 22 at Lewis & Clark*, 3:30

-----Saturday, April 26 Puget Sound* (2), 1:00

-----Sunday, April 27 Puget Sound*, noon

* Northwest Conference opponent
WU SCHEDULE: /www.willamette.edu/athletics/baseball/sched_rslts.htm


LAST WEEK: Bearcats take two of three at Pacific Lutheran
-----Friday, April 18: Willamette 5, at Pacific Lutheran 3
RHP Zach Vande Griend (So., Salem Academy HS) and RHP Brian Gilmore (So., McNary HS) combined on an eight-hitter to lead the Bearcats to the victory. Vande Griend improved to 4-4 on the season by striking out seven batters over eight innings. He allowed seven hits and one walk, but the three runs scored against him were unearned. Gilmore allowed only one hit in the ninth to pick up his third save of the year. CF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.) went 3 for 5 with two RBI to lead the WU offense.

-----Saturday, April 19: Willamette 4-2, at Pacific Lutheran 0-4
RHP Jeff Jensen (So., North Salem HS) tossed a two-hitter and CF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.) went 4 for 5 with an RBI to lead the Bearcats in the first game. Jensen struck out nine and walked just one to improve his season record to 2-3. In the nightcap, PLU scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 3-2 lead. RHP Mike Allen (Fr., Ashland HS) scattered 12 hits over eight innings and allowed one earned run. He struck out six Lute batters. CF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.) went 2 for 4 at the plate. In the three games, Ecklund went 9 for 14 with four doubles and four RBI. For his pitching performance in the first game, Jensen was named Northwest Conference Pitcher of the Week.


NOTES: The Bearcats are 8-1 this season in 1-run games … three players have started all 28 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 125 at-bats, and he is batting .355 against lefties and .394 against righties … Willamette pitchers have issued only 68 walks in 253 innings this year, while striking out 189 batters. WU’s strikeout-to-walk ratio is an impressive 2.8:1, while the opponent’s ratio is 1.6:1. WU batters have drawn 30 more walks than the opposition, slightly more than one per game.


STATISTICS: As of April 21, Willamette was ranked second in the Northwest Conference in team pitching (4.23), fourth in team batting (.299) and ninth in team fielding (.927). Individually, CF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.) is eighth in the conference in batting at .384. RHP Jeff Jensen (So., North Salem HS), RHP Zach Vande Griend (So., Salem Academy HS) and RHP Mike Allen (Fr., Ashland HS) are fourth, seventh and 10th, respectively, in NWC ERA at 3.38, 379 and 4.29. Jensen and Vande Griend are 2-3 in the NWC in strikeouts with 68 and 59, respectively.


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


BEARCAT STATISTICAL LEADERS (through April 20)
AVE: .384, Drew Ecklund
HITS: 48, Drew Ecklund
HOME RUNS: 3, Mike Allen, Matt Drahn
RBI: 27, Mike Allen
STOLEN BASES: 10, Drew Ecklund
WINS: 4, Zach Vande Griend
SAVES: 3, Brian Gilmore
ERA: 3.38, Jeff Jensen
INN. PITCHED: 73.2, Zach Vande Griend
STRIKEOUTS: 68, 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 20)
W L PCT
George Fox (24-8) 16 4 .800
WILLAMETTE (17-11) 13 5 .722
Pacific (21-12) 12 6 .667
Linfield (16-15) 12 9 .571
Whitworth (11-16-1) 8 9 .471
Puget Sound (13-15) 7 10 .412
Pacific Lutheran (8-22) 7 10 .412
Lewis & Clark (9-22-1) 6 12 .333
Whitman (3-23) 1 17 .056


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 17-11 13-5
TOTAL 283-219-3 177-95

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

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