Six-run inning propels Willamette past Western Baptist

SALEM, OR- A combined 43 players, 12 of which were pitchers, saw action in Tuesday’s non-league baseball dual between Willamette University and Western Baptist College. The Bearcats rallied for six runs in the fourth inning to take the win 8-6.

With the win Willamette (17-17 overall) salvaged a split in its four games versus the Warriors (14-20) this season.

Centerfielder Sean Anderson (pictured left) had a bases loaded triple to right center in the fourth to bring in three of the Bearcats six runs. Anderson had two hits for the game, bringing in four runs and scoring two.

Steve Johnson, third baseman for Willamette, hit 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Kiel Wood and Matt Johnson each had two hits for the game.

Clint Moran (1-1) notched the win for the Bearcats, allowing only one run in his three innings of relief. Moran struck out four of 11 batters faced.

Zach VandeGriend came in for Willamette after the Warriors tried to close the gap in the seventh to within two. VandeGriend held Western Baptist, making the final out in the seventh and continued to pitch scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth to earn the save.

For the Warriors, shortstop Ryan Porter had a pair of hits with one run scored and one RBI. Third baseman Ryan Welsh hit for two with one run scored.

The Bearcats travel to California this Friday to participate in the Chapman University Invitational.

Sean Anderson

Sean Anderson