Gilmore's Ninth Inning Hit Gives Bearcats 5-4 Win Over UPS

SALEM, OR — Kelly Gilmore singled off the right-center field wall, driving in Matt Rasmussen with the winning run, as the Willamette University baseball team defeated the University of Puget Sound, 5-4, in a Northwest Conference game Sunday at John Lewis Field.

The two-out hit by Gilmore (pictured left) gave the Bearcats a three-game sweep of the Loggers The Bearcats are now 6-5 overall, 3-0 in the NWC. UPS falls to 3-5 overall, 0-4 in the NWC.

Jeff Jensen pitched a complete game for the Bearcats, giving up nine hits, two earned runs and striking out eight. Tyler Williams took the loss for UPS in relief.

UPS scored twice in the first inning, helped by a pair of Bearcat errors. The Bearcats came back with a run in the bottom of the second when Dane Woldseth’s sacrifice fly drove in John Cox.

UPS made it 3-1 in the third when Tanner Webber hit a long home run to right-center. Willamette came right back in the bottom of the third on Ken Halipn’s two-out RBI single.

The Bearcats scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take the lead. In the fifth, Gilmore’s chopper to the mound went as a hit when the UPS first baseman fell trying to cover the bag, allowing Sean Anderson to score.

Brian Gilmore doubled to drive in Matt Johnson, who was 4-4 in the game, as the Bearcats took a 4-3 lead in the sixth.

UPS tied it in the seventh on an RBI single by Michael Olsen, setting the stage for Gilmore’s ninth inning heroics.

Johnson capped a huge weekend by going 4-4 with a run scored. Kelly Gilmore was 2-4 with 2 RBI and Sean Anderson was 2-5 with a pair of runs scored.

The Bearcats play a non-conference game Thursday against Bethany College.

Kelly Gilmore

Kelly Gilmore