Bearcats Battle For 10-6 Win And Saturday Split With Pioneers; Gilmore, Holden Lead Bearcats Win in Game 2

SALEM, OR—Kelly Gilmore drive in four runs and Adam Holden added three RBI as the Willamette University baseball team defeated Lewis & Clark 10-6 to earn a split of a Northwest Conference doubleheader Saturday at Spec Keene Stadium.

The Pioneers, behind Eric Marconelli’s complete game five-hitter, won the opening game of the three-game set, 6-1. The two teams play again Sunday beginning at noon.

The Bearcats fell behind 4-1 in the second game, with Gilmore’s solo home run accounting for the Bearcats’ only run. Meanwhile, the Pioneers scored four times. Greg Williams hit an RBI triple in the first. AJ Brown scored on a wild pitch in the second and two Bearcat errors led to a pair of unearned runs in the fourth.

The Bearcats began their comeback in the bottom half of the fourth on Holden’s (pictured above) RBI single and Sean Anderson’s sacrifice fly.

Willamette took the lead for good with a six-run seventh inning highlighted by Gilmore’s three-run double, a bases loaded walk to Holden and a hit batter that drove home another run. Matt Johnson’s single plated the final run of the inning.

The Bearcats tacked on an insurance run in the eight on another Holden RBI single. The Pioneers came back with two runs in the top of the ninth on Andrew Barnes’ RBI single and a run that scored when pinch-hitter Michael Orr grounded into a double play to effectively end the Pioneer rally.

Jarrid Summers (1-0) picked up the win for the Bearcats, throwing a hitless seventh inning in relief of Clint Moran. Moran pitched six innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out five.

In the Pioneer’s 6-1 first game victory, L&C scored all six runs in the second inning. Starter Tye Sundlee (1-1), who pitched brilliantly in the Bearcats’ 5-1 California road trip to open the season, lasted only one inning, giving up six hits, and four earned runs to go along with three walks.

Adam Beebe came on in relief, pitching eight strong innings of four-hit shutout baseball.

Willamette is now 6-2 overall, 1-1 NWC. The Pioneers are 4-9 overall, 1-1 NWC.

Kelly Gilmore

Kelly Gilmore