Chapman Defeats Bearcats in Final Game of Road Trip

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

CLAREMONT, CALIF. -- Chapman University scored 10 runs in the second inning and went on to defeat Willamette University, 18-0, on Sunday, February 28, in the final game of WU's road trip to Southern California. Chapman, ranked #7 in the Top 25, upped its record to 9-1 on the season. Willamette fell to 2-5 overall.

Earlier in the day, Willamette lost to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 9-0. The Stags defeated the Bearcats twice this weekend to improved to 7-5 on the season.

In the first game on Sunday, CMS starting pitcher David Ulrich threw eight innings and allowed just one hit. He struck out 14 batters. Relief pitcher Max Rose threw the final inning for the Stags to complete the one-hitter.

Max Stepan (Jr., C, Pueblo, CO/Pueblo County HS) earned Willamette's only hit, a lead-off single in the fifth inning. Ulrich recorded three consecutive strikeouts to end the inning.

Stepan finished the game 1 for 3 and also received one walk. Doug Bloom (Jr., SS, Salem, OR/South Salem HS) walked once and was hit by a pitch. T.C. Lee (Jr., LF, Lafayette, CA/Acalanes HS) also was hit by a pitch.

For the Stags, Steve Dannaway provided a 3-for-4 performance with a home run, a double, two runs and two RBIs. He doubled and later scored in the first inning. He hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third inning, and added an RBI single in the fourth.

Three other CMS players recorded two hits apiece. Brian Gose finished 2 for 3 with a pair of runs and two RBIs. David Spiller went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs. Jason Rehhaut was 2 for 4, scored twice and earned one RBI. The Stags achieved a total of 12 hits.

CMS took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Stags registered three hits during the inning. Travis Nishioka reached third base when his fly ball was misplayed with one out and Dannaway hit a double with two outs. Rehhaut singled and went to second on the throw, as Dannaway scored. Stephanos Stroop doubled to bring home Rehhaut.

The Stags tacked on two runs in the third inning, one in the fourth and two in the fifth. CMS plated the final run in the seventh inning.

Willamette starting pitcher Chris Torgerson (Jr., RHP, Sacramento, CA/Jesuit HS) pitched the first four innings and fell to 1-1 with the loss. He allowed six runs and 10 hits, while achieving one strikeout and walking one batter.

In the second game, Chapman held a 1-0 lead after the first inning and Willamette left two runners on base in the top of the second. Derek Collins (Fr., 1B, Yorba Linda, CA/Esperanza HS) blasted a double for WU with two outs and Michael Oliver (So., 3B, Seattle, WA/West Seattle HS) reached first base on an error. Tyson Giza (Fr., OF, Salem, OR/Sprague HS) flied out to center field for the third out.

The Panthers took control of the game with 10 runs in the bottom of the second. Chapman recorded eight hits and benefited from one error during the stanza.

Ryan Hall singled and scored early in the inning, and later drove in the final three runs with a home run to left center. Ryan Prechtl earned two RBIs with a double to right field. Matt Luzar drove in two runs with a double down the left field line.

Chapman put together another big inning in the fourth, as the Panthers tallied six runs on six hits and one error. The Panthers achieved their final run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by R.J. Mundell.

Willamette had six hits during the game. Collins was 2 for 4. The Bearcats also received one hit apiece from Oliver, Giza, Mitchell Rowan (So., RF/DH, Cotati, CA/Rancho Cotate HS) and Dylan Summers (So., C, Lake Oswego, OR/Lakeridge HS). Bloom was hit by two pitches and has been hit by pitches four times this season.

Hall led the Panthers by going 3 for 3 with three runs and four RBIs. Chapman earned 20 hits overall, including four doubles and one home run.

Travis McGee, who pitched the first six innings for Chapman, improved to 2-0 with the win. He allowed just three hits and recorded two strikeouts. Willamette starter Jerris Van Hess (Jr., RHP, Aumsville, OR/Cascade HS/Coll. of the Siskiyous) fell to 0-1 with the loss.

Willamette will play its first home games of the season when the Bearcats open Northwest Conference play with a doubleheader against Lewis & Clark College on Saturday, Feb. 6. Both games will be played at John Lewis Field, with the first game set to begin at 11 a.m. (PST).

The Bearcats and the Pioneers will conclude the series with one game at John Lewis Field on Sunday, Feb. 7. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m. (PST).

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 9
Willamette University 0
Chapman University 18
Willamette University 0
Max Stepan registered a hit and walked once in WU's game against CMS on Sunday.

Max Stepan registered a hit and walked once in WU's game against CMS on Sunday.