Walla Walla, Wash.- Walla Walla (11-10, 26-22) once again took care of Cowlitz (9-12, 21-27) Sunday 10-1 to sweep the series.
With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the second the Sweets scored four times to break the game open. A throwing error to first base from Black Bears starter Kevin Baker (JR, University of Portland) allowed Ryan Johnston to score to put the Sweets back on top 2-1. With Griffin Mazur at third after the error, Ben Baird hit an RBI sacrifice bunt to make it 3-1. Willie MacIver hit a two-run triple to add on two more runs.
In the sixth Walla Walla tacked on three more. Baird again came through with an RBI single to increase the lead to 6-1. Mazur scored from third afterward on another wild pitch. Jarren Duran picked up an RBI on a single which brought the Sweets lead to 8-1.
With Dustin Wells (SR, George Fox) on to pitch in the seventh Nick Nyquist hit a two run homer over the left field wall to put the final touches on the win.
Sweets starter Nick Scheidler picked up the win improving to 1-1 on the season. Scheidler pitched five innings giving up one run on five hits while striking out two batters. Baker took the loss dropping his record to 2-3. Baker also went five innings giving up eight runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits but tied his game high in strikeouts this season with seven.
Baker struck out the side in the third while Wells did the same in the seventh after giving up the home run. Despite the loss the Black Bears reached a season high in strikeouts in a single game with 12 overall.
Walla Walla opened the scoring in the first. MacIver hit an RBI double to make it 1-0. MacIver was a home run away from the cycle. Cowlitz answered in the second. After Andy Armstrong (IN-FR, Oregon State) doubled to lead off the inning, Jack Reisinger (SO, Seattle University) drove him in with an RBI groundout.
The Black Bears six game roadtrip continues Monday at Yakima Valley. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. Jordan Jones (IN-FR, RHP Washington) will be on the hill against Jens Jensen (JR, RHP Central Washington).