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THIS WEEK: Bearcats (20-12, 16-6 NWC) conclude season with road doubleheaders
-----Wednesday, April 30 at Lewis & Clark* (2), 1:00
-----Sunday, May 4 at Oregon Tech (2), noon (tentative)

* Northwest Conference opponent

END OF SEASON
WU SCHEDULE: /www.willamette.edu/athletics/baseball/sched_rslts.htm


LAST WEEK: Bearcats win three of four NWC games, but see title hopes slip away
-----Tuesday, April 22: Willamette 12, at Lewis & Clark 5
Willamette outhit host Lewis & Clark 16-8 en route to the easy Northwest Conference win in Portland. The Bearcats had five players with multiple hits, including CF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.), 3B Andy Bartels (Jr., Phoenix, HS) and C Travis Shull (Jr., Westview HS), who each had three hits. Ecklund went 3 for 6 with three runs and two RBI. Bartels went 3 for 6 with four RBI — with all three of his hits doubles. Shull went 3 for 4 with a run scored.
-----Saturday, April 26: at Willamette 5-10, Puget Sound 4-17 (first game went 10 innings)
Willamette and visiting Puget Sound split a Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader at John Lewis Field. The loss in the second game ended the Bearcats' chances at an NWC title. In the first game, Willamette C Travis Shull (Jr., Westview HS) singled home 3B Andy Bartels (Jr., Phoenix HS) with the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 10th. Bartels went 2 for 4 in the game, including a home run. CF Drew Ecklund (Sr., San Luis Obispo HS, Calif.) continued his torrid hitting, going 3 for 4. In the second game, UPS combined 17 hits and eight Bearcat errors to score in every inning but two. Willamette 1B John Cox (So., University HS, Spokane, Wash.) went 2 for 4 with three RBI and two runs scored. He hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to give him two round-trippers for the day and a team-leading five for the season.
-----Sunday, April 27: at Willamette 5, Puget Sound 4 (11)
RHP/DH Brian Gilmore (So., McNary HS) lined a solo home run to right field with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Willamette the Northwest Conference victory over Puget Sound 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 of the 11th inning, getting the final two outs after spelling starter RHP Zach Vande Griend (So., Salem Academy HS). 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 3B Andy Bartels (Jr., Phoenix HS) and a two-run homer by RF Matt Drahn (Jr., Taft HS). Gilmore came into Sunday's game with just one hit in 21 at-bats. He lowered his ERA to 0.68.

NOTES: The Bearcats are 10-1 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 six times in 144 at-bats, and he is batting .355 against lefties and .389 against righties. He’s been hit by pitches nine times … Drahn has struck out just seven times and has drawn 14 walks. He is also hitting .446 (25 of 56) with runners on base and .812 (13 of 16) with runners on third base and less than two outs.

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 27)
AVE: .382, Drew Ecklund
HITS: 55, Drew Ecklund
HOME RUNS: 5, John Cox
RBI: 29, Mike Allen
STOLEN BASES: 11, Drew Ecklund
WINS: 5, Zach Vande Griend
SAVES: 3, Brian Gilmore
ERA: 3.30, Jeff Jensen
INN. PITCHED: 89.2, Zach Vande Griend
STRIKEOUTS: 84, 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 27)
W L PCT
George Fox (26-9) 18 5 .783
WILLAMETTE (20-12) 16 6 .727
Pacific (21-15) 12 9 .571
Linfield (19-18) 12 9 .571
Whitworth (14-17-1) 11 9 .550
Pacific Lutheran (10-25) 9 11 .450
Puget Sound (15-17) 8 12 .400
Lewis & Clark (10-25-1) 7 15 .318
Whitman (4-25) 2 19 .095


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 20-12 16-6
TOTAL 286-220-3 180-96

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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