Bearcats Finish 2006 Season With 8-4 Loss to Cal State East Bay

SALEM, OR - Cal State University East Bay scored six times in the second inning as the Pioneers defeated the Willamette University baseball team 8-4 in the final game of the year for the Bearcats Sunday afternoon at Spec Keene Stadium.

Bearcat senior Anton Chiono got his first start ever for Willamette, and gave up a single run in the first inning. Reliever Tye Sundlee came on in the second as CSU exploded for six runs.

Lamonte Toney got the big blast of the inning, a three-run home run with two outs to give the Pioneers a 7-0 lead.

Willamette chipped back with a run in the third on Sean Anderson's home run, his first of the season. The Bearcats got two more in the fourth on RBI singles from Anderson and Lee Eklund.

Meanwhile, Sundlee settled down, allowing only a single run in the fifth on Aaron Early's home run to right field. That made the score 8-3.

Willamette threatened several times in the late innings, twice loading the bases, but was unable to score. Willamette scored its final run in the ninth on Adam Holden's RBI single.

The Bearcats out-hit East Bay 14-11, but left 14 runners on base as they finish the 2006 season with an 18-20 record. Cal State East Bay improved to 21-10 with the victory.

Kelly Gilmore, Anderson, Matt Johnson, Steve Johnson, Holden and Eklund each had two hits for Willamette.

Sundlee took the loss to drop to 4-5. Matt Viera picked up the win in relief for Cal State.

Before the game, the Bearcats honored seniors Adam Beebe, Nic Notthingham, Matt Johnson and Anton Chiono as they played their last games at Willamette.