Bearcats Edge College of Idaho, Defeat British Columbia, at Northwest Cup

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110 and Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

CLACKAMAS, ORE. -- Willamette University scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the College of Idaho, 7-6, and scored three runs in the third inning in a 5-2 victory over the University of British Columbia, on the final day of the Northwest Cup on Sunday, Feb. 21. Willamette finished the tournament at Hood View Park with a 3-1 record.

In the win over College of Idaho, the Bearcats built a 6-3 lead through six innings, but the Lady Yotes tallied three unearned runs on two hits and two errors in the top of the seventh.

Kiley Herrick (Fr., INF, Colusa, CA/Colusa HS) scored the winning run for WU in the bottom of the seventh when Nichole Robertson (Elk Grove, CA/Franklin HS) reached base on a fielder's choice. Nicole Wallace (Sr., INF, Roseville, CA/Roseville HS) was thrown out at second on the play for the second out of the inning. Herrick, who started the play at second, continued past third and safely crossed the plate.

Susie Krewer (So., 2B, Sacramento, CA/Mira Loma HS) was 1-1 during the game with a two-run home run to center field in the 6th inning. Mica Romero (So., SS, Woodland, CA/Woodland Christian School) finished the first game with three hits, a sacrifice bunt and two RBIs.

Wallace and Jessica Barry (So., OF, Cupertino, CA/UNLV) each added two hits and a run for the Bearcats.

On the mound, Talissa Huntsman (So., P, Richland, WA/Richland HS) earned the win in relief for WU. Huntsman pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on two hits. She struck out three.

In the second game, Romero went 2 for 4 with a run and a pair of RBI doubles to lead the Bearcats to the win. WU trailed 2-1 after two innings, but plated three runs in the third stanza and added another run in the fourth. Alex Watillo (So., RHP, Newcastle, CA/Del Oro HS) recorded the win for Willamette.

Barry added two hits and two runs for WU. As a team, Willamette tallied five runs on eight hits and stole four bases. Willamette now has 16 stolen bases in four games.

The Bearcats are also 3-1 on the season. Willamette will return to action March 6-7 with a Northwest Conference series in Tacoma, Wash., against the University of Puget Sound. The teams will play a doubleheader each day, starting at 2 p.m. (PST) on Saturday, March 6, and at 12 p.m. (PST) on Sunday, March 7.

GAME #1 - BOX SCORE

Willamette University 7
College of Idaho 6

GAME #2 - BOX SCORE
Willamette University 5
University of British Columbia 2
Susie Krewer hit a two-run homer in Willamette's win over the College of Idaho.

Susie Krewer hit a two-run homer in Willamette's win over the College of Idaho.

Watillo threw a complete-game five-hitter against the University of British Columbia.

Watillo threw a complete-game five-hitter against the University of British Columbia.