Sundlee, Yamaguchi Lead Bearcats To 9-1 Win and a Split of Doubleheader With Pacific

FOREST GROVE, OR - Tye Sundlee pitched a one-run shutout, and Grant Yamaguchi had four hits and four RBI, as the Willamette University baseball team defeated Pacific University, 9-1, to earn a split of a Northwest Conference doubleheader Saturday at Bond Field.

Pacific won the first game 4-2 as the Boxers raised their record to 9-6 overall and 5-3 in the Northwest. The Bearcats are now 12-7, 7-4 NWC. The two teams play the third game of the weekend series tomorrow. Willamette is in first place in the NWC, a half game ahead of Pacific, George Fox and PLU.

Sundlee allowed nine hits, but only one earned run. He struck out seven and walked four in raising his season record to 3-1. The Bearcat defense turned two double plays and had no errors.

Meanwhile, the Bearcats pounded out 17 huts in the nightcap and scored in six different innings. Along with Yamguchi's four hits, Matt Johnson was 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Sean Anderson, David Tufo, Kelly Gilmore and Steven Johnson all had two hits apiece. Gilmore was 2-2 with three runs scored, and RBI and three walks.

Yamaguchi hit his fourth home run of the season to lead off the third inning, giving the Bearcats a 4-0 lead. Yamaguchi and Steve Johnson had RBI hits in the first inning. Matt Johnson had a sacrifice fly in the second and an RBI single in the fourth. Yamaguchi also drove home runs in the fourth and eighth innings.

In the first game, Pacific's Derek Harner and Robert Lloyd combined to limit the Bearcats to two runs and eight hits. Kyle Stalker returned to the Bearcat line-up after missing several games. Stalker was 2-3 with two RBI and his second home run of the season.

After Pacific had taken a 1-0 lead, Stalker tied it with his home run in the fourth inning. Pacific pushed ahead again with a run in the sixth. Willamette tied it in the eighth when Stalker's sacrifice fly plated Sean Anderson.

But the Boxers came right back with two runs in the bottom of the eighth off Nic Nottingham. Nottingham took his first loss of the season in relief of Clint Moran. Moran went six innings, allowing two runs and six hits.