Oregon Tech Salvages Split with Willamette
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech came back from a one run deficit to steal a 3-2 victory from Willamette University in game 2 of today’s doubleheader played today in Nampa, Idaho. The Owls fell to the Bearcats in game 1 by a 9-5 final to pick up the split.
Oregon Tech is now 4-10 on the season and will meet Whitworth and host Northwest Nazarene University in day 2 of the NNU tournament on Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm.
Oregon Tech led game 1 after the first inning by a 2-0 score. The Bearcats added single runs in inning two and three to tie it at 2-2 and would eventually move ahead by a 6-2 margin after five innings. The Owls pulled to within a run at 6-5 after the sixth, but WU would add three in the late innings and hold Oregon Tech scoreless for the remainder to win by a 9-5 final.
Zack Earle, Colin Stock, Cory Staniforth and Kyle Hansen had two hits each for Tech in the opening game. Staniforth drove in three runs in game 1, including a triple and homerun. Neil Emerson fell to 1-1 after giving up nine hits and six runs, with four of those being earned. Cory Staniforth drove in four runs on the day in split with Willamette.
Emerson struck out three and walked two.
Matt Bellando went six solid innings to pick up his first win of the season, giving up only four hits and two runs in the nightcap to help the Owls to a split.
Jody Potter picked up his first save closing out the seventh inning. Kory Locken and Hayden Wolf were 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI apiece, while Staniforth drove in the Owls other run. Stock finished 1-for-2 with two walks.
The Owls fell behind 2-1 after inning two, but a strong effort by Bellando would keep the Bearcat bats quiet for the remainder. Wolfe drove in Tech’s first run of the game after a Ryson Mauricio one out double in the second inning. Oregon Tech was able to pick up single runs in the fifth after Trent Smith led the inning off with a double and would eventually score on a Staniforth ground out. The eventual winning run came off an RBI single by Locken, as the Owls held on for the 3-2 win.
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