Gilmore does it all in the end for Bearcats

SALEM — Brian Gilmore lined a solo home run to right field with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning Sunday to give Willamette (20-12, 16-6 NWC) a 5-4 Northwest Conference victory over Puget Sound (14-18, 8-12 NWC) at John Lewis Field.

The game-winning hit also gave Gilmore (3-0) the victory on the mound. He entered the game in the top fo the 11th inning, getting the final two outs after spelling starter Zach Vande Griend. The latter went 10 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out 14. Only two of the runs scored against him were earned.

Willamette took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI double by Andy Bartels and a two-run homer by Matt Drahn.

But UPS scored single runs in the second, fourth and seventh innings to tie the game at 3-3. WU grabbed the lead right back with a single run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Loggers tied it at 4-4 in the top of the ninth when Andrew Sloan scored on a passed ball.

Taylor Thompson (2-1) took the loss on the mound for UPS. He pitched the entire 10 1/3 innings, yielding 10 hits while striking out six. He did not walk a batter.

Gilmore came into Sunday's game with just one hit in 21 at-bats. He lowered his ERA to 0.68.