Boxers Avenge Loss, Defeat Bearcats 11-3, 6-2

Forest Grove - Pacific avenged a hard loss to Willamette by taking two from the Bearcats Saturday, taking away 11-3 and 6-2 victories in Northwest Conference baseball action at Bond Field.

Pacific was led by a tremendous hitting day from Joe Wilbur (Sr., Anacortes, Wash.), who finished 7 for 9 with two doubles, three steals and six runs scored in the double dip. Robby Williams (Jr., Central Point, Ore.) and Kyle Shimizu (Sr., Kula, Hawaii) each had four hits, including three each in the second game. Colin Griffin and Kelly Gilmore had three hits apiece for the Bearcats.

Chris Murrel and Jeff Jenson took the losses for the Bearcats (14-15, 7-9 NWC). Mark Patterson (Jr., Tucson, Ariz.) earned his first win as a Boxer in game two, throwing six innings of shutout baseball while allowing five hits and four walks and five strikeouts.

The Boxers (14-16, 6-9 NWC) did their damage in the first game with three run innings in the first, sixth and eighth. Wilbur started the first with a double to left field, and scored on the first of three Willamette errors in the game. Shimizu's double and Williams' single each scored a run for a 3-0 lead.

Pacific added single runs in the second and fourth, while the Bearcats tallied their first two runs in the sixth on Griffin's double and Travis Shull's single. The Boxers took both runs back in the home half of the frame on Wiles' two-run single. Aaron Svarthumle (Jr., Fall City, Wash.) capped scoring in the three-run ninth with his two-run single to left.

Shimizu started the Boxers off in the nightcap, scoring on a throwing error in the second for the 1-0 lead. His two-run double in the third, his third double of the afternoon, built the Boxers' lead to 3-0. Ryan Raggas' (So., Las Vegas, Nev.) single in the fifth allowed Williams to score in the fifth, and Williams singled in the sixth to plate Wilbur for the 5-0 edge.

Willamette put their two runs of the game up in the seventh. Griffin scored on Kelly Gilmore's double to left, and later scored on Brian Gilmore's groundout. The Boxers added a run in the eighth when Williams single to right scored Tommy Orlinski (Sr., Renton, Wash.). The Bearcats rallied in the ninth, scoring two on John Cox's home run before Adam Azril (So., Albany, Ore.) retired the final two batters to end the game.