Bearcats Fall to Western Baptist 7-6

SALEM, OR — Sean Rybar hit a three-run homerun and Derek Stokes shut down a ninth-inning Bearcat rally as the Western Baptist Warriors beat the Willamette University baseball team 7-6 in a non-conference game Tuesday afternoon at John Lewis field.
Rybar’s home run highlighted a four-run third inning for Western Baptist.

The Bearcats came back with three runs in the bottom of the third on a wild pitch, an RBI double from Matt Johnson and Kelly Gilmore’s RBI single. Western Baptist stretched the lead to 6-3 in the fifth on a pair of sacrifice flies by Brian Nelson and Ryan Walsh.

The Bearcats came back with a pair of runs in the seventh on RBI singles from Drew Ecklund and Adam Holden. But the rally fizzled when Grant Yamagucki was picked off second and Steve Johnson stuck out to end the inning.

After the Warriors tacked on an insurance run for a 7-5 lead, the Bearcats threatened again in the ninth. Ecklund and Yamagucki doubled to score one run. But Holden’s line drive to left turned into a double play and the Bearcat rally fell short.

Yamagucki was 3-3 with an RBI. Sean Anderson, Lee Ecklund, Johnson and Adam Holden each had two hits as the Bearcats racked up 15 hits in the game. Bryan Bernard picked up the win for the Warriors. With Stokes recording the save. Zach VandeGriend took the loss for Willamette, allowing one run in his only inning of work.

The Bearcats fall to 10-14 on the season while Western Baptist moves to 9-14. Willamette travels to Spokane this weekend for a three-game Northwest Conference series against Whitworth.