Bearcats Beat Whitworth 6-3 in Nightcap for Split of Saturday Doubleheader

SALEM, OR - Kyle Stalker drove in the go-ahead run and Bearcat relievers Nic Nottingham and Matt Bicocca made it stand up as the Willamette University baseball team scored three times in the seventh for a 6-3 win over Whitworth and a split of

Saturday's Northwest Conference doubleheader.
Whitworth won the first game 6-3 as Cody Person pitched eight innings and allowed three runs and Todd Phillips had a pair of RBI.

Stalker's single in game two drove home Lee Eklund, who had singled to lead off the seventh. He moved to second on Kelly Gilmore's bunt single. After David Tufo walked to load the bases, Stalker lined a single to left to put the Bearcat sup 4-3.

Sean Anderson got the second run home when his groundball was misplayed and Grant Yamaguchi's sacrifice fly brought home Tufo.

Nottingham and Bicocca each pitched a hitless inning to help the Bearcats break an eight game losing skid and better their record to 14-15 overall, 9-11 NWC. Whitworth is now 15-13 overall, 9-5 NWC.

Willamette jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first in game two. Gilmore led off the inning with a walk and moved to second on a groundout. Matt Johnson reached on an error and Gilmore scored on another error. Anderson doubled down the right field line to get Johnson to third before Yamaguchi's two-run single put the Bearcats up early.

Whitworth tied the game with two in the fourth and one in the fifth. In the fourth, Ryne Webb singled and came around to score on Mike Marlow's sacrifice fly. Caleb Reaber then homered to left to make it 3-2.

The Pirates tied the game an inning later when Lierman singled and scored on Froman's sacrifice fly.

Nottingham got the win to improve his record to 3-1. Bicocca recorded his sixth save of the season. Brandon Zimmerman took the loss for Whitworth.

Gilmore was 2-4 with two runs scored to pace Willamette. Yamaguchi was 1-3 with 3 RBI.

GAME One:

Despite home runs from Gilmore and Stalker, the Bearcats could not come back from a 5-0 deficit, and once again fell victim to a solid pitching performance as they dropped their eighth straight game.

Cody Person improved his record to 2-2 by throwing eight innings of eight-hit ball, allowing three earned runs.

Whitworth jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. After Steve Johnson retired the first two batters, the Pirates got a single from Nick Froman and a walk to Mike Marlow before three consecutive base hits. Todd Phillips got the big blast, driving a double into left center to drive home a pair of runs.

The Pirates pushed the lead to 5-0 in the fourth with a pair of unearned runs. Caleb Reaber reached on an an error, then came around to score on Joel Clark's single. Van Lierman got the other RBI in the inning as he drove home Clark with another two-out base hit.

Willamette got on the board in the bottom of the fourth when Grant Yamaguchi doubled, went to third on Ellis Webster's bunt single and scored on Colin Young's ground-out to second base.

The Bearcats got another run back in the fifth when Kelly Gilmore led off the inning with a home-run to make it 5-2.

Whitworth added another run in the seventh when Lierman doubled and eventually scored on Froman's sacrifice fly.

Stalker homered in the 8th for the final margin.