CSU-East Bay Defeats Willamette in Third Game of Series, 9-1

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

(BASEBALL) HAYWARD, CALIF. -- Early on the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 25, the Willamette University baseball team was about to start the long bus trip from California back to Salem, Ore., after the final game in the Bearcats' three-game series at California State University-East Bay was canceled. The bus stayed in Hayward, Calif., a bit longer, however, as CSU-East Bay determined its baseball field was playable, allowing the teams to complete the weekend series after all.

CSU-East Bay won Sunday's game, 9-1. The Bearcats led 1-0 after scoring a run in the top of the second inning, but the Pioneers tallied three runs in the bottom of the second inning and added six more runs in the sixth to achieve the win. CSU-East Bay improved to 9-3 overall and to 6-1 at home. Willamette fell to 3-6 on the season.

For Willamette in the three-game series, Kyle Stalker (So., DH, Bellevue, WA/Sammamish HS) went 3 for 12 with three home runs and seven RBIs. He hit a pair of three-run homers in Willamette's 13-4 win in Saturday's first game, then hit a solo homer in the second game on Saturday in East Bays' 8-1 win. Also for the Bearcats, Sean Anderson (Jr., OF, Klamath Falls, OR/Klamath Falls HS) was 5 for 12 (.417) with two doubles on the weekend. Tye Sundlee (Jr., RHP, Yakima, WA/West Valley HS) was the winning pitcher for Willamette in Saturday's first game.

The Bearcats host defending Northwest Conference champion George Fox University in a three-game series next weekend. Willamette and the Bruins will play a doubleheader on Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. (PST) and will play a single game on Sunday, March 4 at 12 p.m. (PST). All three games will be played at John Lewis Field.