Jensen Breaks School Record In Win Over Cal-State East Bay

ORANGE, CA — Bearcat pitcher Jeff Jensen pitched a nine inning, school record breaking game in Willamette’s 5-3 win over Cal-State East Bay at the Chapman Invitational.

Jensen broke the school’s career strikeouts record in the seventh inning, which now stands at 266. Willamette won two games out of three at the tournament, improving their overall record to 19-18. Cal-State East Bay lowered to 16-15-1.

The Bearcats were trailing the Pioneers 1-0 until senior Ken Halpin scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman John Cox in the fifth inning.

Willamette scored a total of four runs in the next two innings to give the Bearcats a 5-1 lead.

Brandon Sapenter (2-3) started the rally for the Pioneers in the bottom of the ninth with a triple down the right field line. Next came an RBI hit from catcher Domingo Rodriguez. Second baseman Ray Stokes steps up to the plate, sending one out of the park, the score now 5-3. The Bearcats buckled down with a catch in center field to end the game.

Halpin went 2-for-3 for the Bearcats with one run scored. Third baseman Steve Johnson had three hits of four at bats, with one run scored and one RBI. Second baseman Matt Johnson had two hits and two RBI.

The Bearcats took second place in the tournament, behind Chapman University. The Panthers swept three games and outscored their opponents 19-4.

Johnson, Halpin, Jensen, and Clint Moran all made the Chapman Invitational All Tournament Team.

Chapman Invitational All Tournament Team

Top Hitter: Jason Mooneyham, 1B (Chapman)
Top Pitcher: Jeff Green, RHP (Chapman)
Gold Glove: Steve Johnson, 3B (Willamette)
John Alexander, C (Chapman)
Buddy Klovstad, RHP (Chapman)
Ken Halpin, 2B (Willamette)
Jeff Jensen, RHP (Willamette)
Clint Moran, RHP (Willamette)
Brandon Sapenter, OF (Cal State East Bay)
Archie Gilbert, OF (Cal State East Bay)
Gabe Duran, 3B (Menlo)

Willamette travels to Portland, OR on Thursday to play Lewis & Clark in a single game.

Jeff Jensen

Jeff Jensen