Willamette, UPS split NWC twinbill

SALEM — Willamette and visiting Puget Sound split a Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday at John Lewis Field. The Bearcats won the opener, 5-4 in 10 innings, but UPS took the second game, 17-10.

The loss in the second game all but ended the Bearcats' (19-12, 15-6 NWC) outside chance at an NWC title, as first-place George Fox (26-8, 18-4) swept Lewis & Clark.

In the first game, Willamette's Travis Shull singled home Andy Bartels 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. Drew Ecklund continued his torrid hitting, going 3 for 4 for the hosts.

Puget Sound's Mike Kennewick went 3 for 5 with two runs scored and Olin Wick went 2 for 3, including a two-run home run in the first inning.

In the second game, UPS (14-17, 8-11) combined 17 hits and eight Bearcat errors to score in every inning but two. Matt Gylling went 4 for 5 with two runs and an RBI. Kennewick, Wick, Matt Sorenson, Derek Scholz and Brent Weidenbach each had a pair of hits for the Loggers.

Willamette's John Cox 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.

The two teams finish up the three-game series Sunday with a single game at noon.