Jensen, Woldseth Lead Bearcats to Split With Pacific Monday

SALEM, OR — Jeff Jensen pitch 8 2/3 innings of seven-hit ball and the Willamette University baseball team scored four times in the first inning as the Bearcats earned a split of Monday’s double-header against Pacific University. The Bearcats won the second game by a 5-2 score after losing the opener by a 7-2 count.

With the split, the Bearcats are now 11-8 overall, 7-3 in the Northwest Conference. Pacific, which lost two of three games to the Bearcats over the weekend, falls to 9-8 overall, 4-4 NWC.

After Pacific took a 1-0 lead to open the second game, the Bearcats came back with four in the bottom of the first. Kelly Gilmore, Ken Halpin and John Cox all singled, with Gilmore scoring on Cox’s hit. Brian Gilmore singled home Cox before Dane Woldseth drove in Matt Johnson and Gilmore with a two-out single to put Willamette up 4-1.

The Bearcats tacked on another run in the second when Matt Rasmussen singled and came around to score on Halpin’s double.

Jensen (pictured above) shut down Pacific after the first inning, allowing only one runner to reach third base until Cedric Steinshower homered with one out in the ninth. Tye Sundlee came on to get the last out of the game to pick up the save. Jensen raised his season record to 4-1 with the victory.

Adam Azril lost his first game of the season for Pacific, dropping his record to 2-1.

In the first game, Pacific scored five runs in the third, four of them coming on Mathew McCord’s grand slam off losing pitcher Adam Beebe. Pacific also scored single runs in the first and the eight innings to avoid the Bearcat sweep.

Matt Johnson scored both Bearcat runs; scoring on Woldseth’s RBI single in the fourth and Steve Johnson’s base knock in the sixth.

Chris Loo won his first game of the season, allowing four hits and one run in his five innings of work. Brad Baker pitched the last four innings of the game for Pacific.

The Bearcats play again Wednesday in a single game against Simpson University beginning at 2 p.m.

Jeff Jensen

Jeff Jensen