Bearcats Finish Season With 8-6 Win Over Lewis & Clark

PORTLAND, OR — Willamette’s first four batters went 10-18 with seven runs scored and five RBI as the Bearcats ended the regular season with an 8-6 Northwest Conference win over the Lewis and Clark Pioneers.

The win raises the Bearcats’ record to 20-18 overall and 13-11 in the NWC. The Pioneers fall to 9-28 overall, 1-23 NWC.

Sean Anderson led off the game with a triple and came home to score on Ken Halpin’s RBI single. But the Pioneers responded with four runs in the bottom of the third on Mike Giardina’s grand slam.

Willamette came right back in the top of the fourth to tie the game. The inning started with a pair of Pioneer errors before John Cox doubled home Halpin. Matt Johnson scored on Kelly Gilmore’s sacrifice fly before Cox tied the game when he came home on Dane Woldseth’s sacrifice fly.

The Bearcats took the lead for good in the fifth with another unearned run, the added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on Halpin’s two-run double.

Drew Herbert got the win, pitching four innings of one-run ball to raise his record to 4-0. Brian Gilmore pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season. Chris Murrell started for the Bearcats, giving up five runs in his four innings or work.

Halpin and Cox both had three hits for the Bearcats. Halpin had three RBI and scored once. Cox added two runs and an RBI. Sean Anderson was 2-4 with three runs scored and Matt Johnson was 2-5 with a run and an RBI. Steve Johnson was 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI.