Longview, Wash.- Cowlitz held Walla Walla to just three hits Sunday and won the series with a 4-2 victory.
Starter Davis Baillie (R-SO Washington State) pitched six strong innings allowing just one hit in the first at bat of the game and no runs while striking out four Sweets. Baillie improved his record to 3-1 in his fourth start. Newcomer Taylor Graham (JR Central Washington) was perfect through the seventh and eighth innings earning two strikeouts.
The Black Bears (11-3, 22-19) jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. Derek Scott (JR Abilene Christian) opened the scoring in the second. He singled, stole second and advanced to third on an throwing error by the Walla Walla (6-10, 21-22) catcher. Scott then came home on a wild pitch.
Mark Pearson (JR Abilene Christian) led off the fourth with an opposite field triple to right and later scored on a passed ball. The next batter Scott hit his second home run in as many games to make it 3-0 Cowlitz.
Kona Quiggle (SO Grand Canyon) put up a four spot in the eighth driving in Nyles Nygaard (SR Western Oregon) with an RBI single.
Kragen Kechely (SO Dallas Baptist) came out for the ninth in a non-save situation and despite giving up two runs struck out the final Sweets batter with the tying run aboard to nail down the win. Kechely struck out three batters in the inning along with one walk and allowed two hits.
Walla Walla was retired in order from the fifth through eighth innings.
Cowlitz has now won six consecutive series and try for their third sweep of the season Monday.
Corvallis beat Yakima Valley 6-5 to once again keep pace with the Black Bears but Cowlitz still holds a one and a half game lead on the Knights for first place with three games in hand.
The Cowlitz starting pitcher for the get away game is still up in the air. Haydn King (LHP IN-FR University of San Francisco) gets the ball for Walla Walla. First pitch is at 6:35 PM.
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