Jensen tosses two-hit shutout at PLU

TACOMA, Wash. — In game one of Saturday's Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader, Willamette right-handed pitcher Jeff Jensen struck out nine in his two-hit shutout, a 2-0 Bearcat victory. The Lutes rebounded to win game two, 4-2.

Lute left fielder Trent Nichols ended Jensen's no-hit bid with a single to lead off the seventh inning. Designated hitter Jason Miller would also single in the inning, but Jensen got out of the jam without allowing a run.

Lute right-handed pitcher Bryan Crockett kept the Lutes in the game, allowing three runs, all earned, on 10 hits in his 7 1/3 innings.

Bearcat center fielder Drew Ecklund went 4-for-5 with a double, leading the Bearcat offense. First baseman John Cox smashed a fifth-inning home run over the right field fence for the first run of the game.

Four straight Willamette singles in the eighth inning scored two more runs. An Ecklund RBI single in the ninth scored the fourth and final run for the Bearcats.