Bearcats Earn Split With 16-10 Win Over PLU

TACOMA, WA — Dane Woldseth and Ken Halpin combined for seven hits and five RBI, leading a 15-hit attack that propelled the Willamette University baseball team to a 16-10 win over Pacific Lutheran, and a split of their doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

With the split, both teams are 4-1 in Northwest Conference play. Willamette is 8-6 overall.

Pacific won the first game of the doubleheader, 7-4. The teams finish the three-game series Sunday afternoon in Tacoma.

After PLU too a 1-0 lead in game 2, the Bearcats came back with a six-run second inning. Woldseth and Sean Anderson both drove in a pair of runs in the rally.

After PLU came back to tie the game at 6-6, the Bearcats exploded again for a seven-run fifth inning, then tacked on three more in the sixth to put the game away. In that fifth inning rally, Willamette benefited from three bases-loaded walks before Kelly Gilmore’s hit drove in two more.

Chris Murrell got the win for Willamette, pitching two innings in relief of starter Adam Beebe. Drew Herbert and Zach VandeGriend finished off the game for Willamette.

In game one, PLU jumped out to a 7-run lead after four innings, courtesy of four Bearcats errors and four unearned runs. The Bearcats came back to score four in the seventh and eight innings, but could get no closer.

John Cox was 1-4 with 2 RBI for Willamette. Zach VandeGriend took the loss, allowing three earned runs in his five innings. Clint Moran pitched shutout ball for three innings.