Bearcats Fall to Whitman, 3-2, in Final Home Game of Season

SALEM, OR — The Whitman Missionairies pushed across an unearned run in the ninth inning as they defeated the Willamette University baseball team 3-2 in a rain-delayed Northwest Conference game Sunday afternoon.

The Bearcats had a chance to tie the game in the ninth inning. John Cox led off with a doubled. After Dane Woldseth reached on a catcher interference call, Kelly Gilmore moved Cox to third with a ground ball. But Kiel Wood’s bunt attempt was caught in foul territory and pinch runner Nic Nottingham was caught off third base for a game-ending double-play.

The loss spoiled Jeff Jensen’s complete game seven-hitter. Jensen had seven strikeouts, leaving him one short of tying the Bearcats all-time record for strikeouts.

After Whitman took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on Drew Pearsall’s single to drive home both runs, the Bearcats came back with single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth.

Wood singled home Woldseth for one run and Steve Johnson got the second RBI on a ground-out an inning later that drove home Matt Johnson.

Pearsall had all three RBI for Whitman. Hunter Simpson went the distance for Whitworth, allowing seven hits and striking out five in the complete game victory.

The Bearcats fall to 16-17 overall and 12-11 in the NWC. Whitman got just its fourth win of the season (4-23) and is now 2-16 in conference.