Yakima, Wash.- The Black Bears played arguably their best all around game of the season Sunday and evened up the series against Yakima Valley with a 5-1 win.
Cowlitz (1-1, 12-17) led the entire game after they scored two runs in the top of the third inning. Dane Stankiewicz (SO Grand Canyon) and Ryan Kim (SO University of Portland) got the ball rolling with a pair of singles. Andy Armstrong (SO Oregon State) opened the scoring with an RBI ground out. The next batter Nyles Nygaard (SR Western Oregon) doubled the lead with an RBI double.
In the fourth Mark Pearson (JR Abilene Christian) led off with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error from the Pippins short stop. Stankiewicz drove him in with an RBI sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. The Pippins (1-1, 14-15) answered in the bottom of the inning with an RBI fielder's choice.
But the Bears kept going and brought two more runs to the plate in the seventh. With Armstrong and Nygaard aboard on back-to-back singles Devlin Granberg (SR Dallas Baptist) made it 5-1 with a two-run single.
The Dallas Baptist duo of Kragen Kechely (SO) and Jimmy Fouse (JR) only gave up one hit in the final four innings to stymie the Pippins.
Davis Baillie (R-SO Washington State) improved his record to 2-0 in his second start. Baillie pitched five innings giving up the lone Yakima Valley run on just three hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
Nygaard went 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored and was a home run shy of the cycle. The Black Bears made several great defensive plays in the game as well. The most notable ones came from Nygaard on a lineout at first, Pearson on a ground ball deep in the hole at short stop and Kim with a diving catch in right field.
Cowlitz has 28 hits already in the series, 13 in game one and 15 on Sunday.
The Black Bears try to win a series against Yakima Valley for the first time ever Monday. Ace Corbin Powers (LHP R-SR University of Portland) gets the ball against Josh Tedeschi (LHP R-JR University of Utah). First pitch is at 7:05 PM.
Photo credit: Pat Jordan