Nottingham and Stalker Lead Bearcats to 2-1 Win Over Cal State East Bay

SALEM, OR - Kyle Stalker's two-run home run in the first inning and a combined four-hitter by Nic Nottingham and Clint Moran led the Willamette University baseball team to a 2-1 victory over Cal State University East Bay Friday afternoon at Spec Keene Stadium.

Nottingham, pitching in his final home game as a Bearcat, gave up a first inning run on Brandon Sapenter's ground out that scored Ray Stokes. Despite allowing five walks, Nottingham did not allow another run and gave up only four hits as he raised his season record to 4-2.

The Bearcats took the lead right back in the bottom of the first. After David Tufo singled, Stalker blasted his ninth home run of the season over the right field fence. Sean O'Dowd lost for the first time this season, dropping his record to 7-1.

Clint Moran came on in the seventh with runners on second and third and two outs, and struck out Sapenter to end the threat. Moran picked up his first save of the season, pitching 2.1 innings of hitless ball.

The win raises the Bearcats' record to 18-18 while CSUEB falls to 19-10. The two teams play against Saturday and Sunday at noon.