Longview, Wash.- Kevin Baker (SO, University of Portland) and Nico Tellache (IN-FR, Oregon) combined Sunday to throw a four hit 6-0 shutout victory over the Walla Wala Sweets (4-4).
Baker lasted longer than any Black Bear pitcher has this season going seven innings. Baker also struck a season high seven batters out and allowed all four Sweets hits. With the win, Baker joins Damon Jones in the 2-0 record club this season.
In his season debut Tellache pitched the final two innings only giving up one walk.
Offensively the Black Bears (5-3) grabbed the only run they would need early in the first. Michael Forgione (JR, University of Portland) grabbed a lead-off walk then stole both second and third base. Andy Armstrong (FR, Oregon State) drove him in with an RBI fielder's choice.
Cowlitz created some insurance in the fourth scoring twice. After three straight walks to open the inning Justin Wakem (FR, Western Oregon) hit an RBI single to score Lorin Archibald (SO, Oklahoma). The next batter Jack Reisinger (SO, Seattle University), playing in his first game of the season, hit an RBI groundout to score Weston Hatten (SO, Washington State).
The Black Bears brought three more across in the fifth. Archibald led things off with a double. Hatten was then hit by a pitch. Two batters later Wakem hit an RBI single to make it 4-0. Two batters after that Ryan Engquist (SO, Lower Columbia College) hit an RBI double, driving in his first two runs of the season.
Trey Yukumoto (FR, Cal State East Bay) and Yeager Taylor (FR, UC Riverside) each saw their first action of the season as well. Yukumoto pinch ran for Archibald and Taylor replaced Yukumoto to play first base.
Sweets starter Joe Heineman took the loss dropping his record to 1-1. Heineman pitched 3.2 innings giving up three runs and three hits while striking out three batters.
The Black Bears forced their first rubber match of the season with the win Sunday. Dustin Wells (JR, LHP- George Fox) is scheduled to take the hill against Chris Murphy (IN-FR, LHP- University of San Diego). First pitch Monday will be at 6:35 PM.