Longview, Wash.- Colin Winn (SO, Santa Ana College) ended the Black Bears (7-9) season high five game losing streak with one swing of the bat Monday to beat Gresham 4-3.
With one out and Tim Jones (SO, Northwest Nazarene) at third, Winn hit a fly ball to left field which allowed Jones to score before the throw came home to walk it off.
The Black Bears trailed 3-2 heading into the ninth and it didn't look good after the lead-off batter Weston Hatten (Washington State) struck out. But Yeager Taylor (FR, UC Riverside) got a bloop single to start the rally. Michael Forgione (JR, University of Portland) pinch ran for Taylor and not only stole second base but then advanced to third. Jack Reisinger (SO, Seattle University) walked to have runners on the corners. The next batter Kenyon Yovan (IN-FR, Oregon), in his season debut, hit an RBI single to score Forgione and blow the save for Jeramy Smith. Jake Boyd relieved Smith and gave up the winning run to the next batter Winn.
The only relief pitcher of the night for Cowlitz Jacob Worrell (JR, UC Riverside) picked up his first win to even his record at 1-1. Worrell pitched 2.1 innings and did not give up a run while allowing just one hit and striking out one batter. Smith took the loss as well lasting just a 1/3 of an inning and giving up two runs on two hits and striking out one batter.
The game didn't start well for Cowlitz. Gresham got on the board first in the top of the fifth. Jack Bauer drove in Ryan Smith with an RBI single. Gresham increased the lead in the seventh. Drew Curtis hit an RBI single to score Jack Johnson. Then Michael Breen hit an RBI fielder's choice which brought home Curtis.
But finally Cowlitz answered in the bottom of the inning, ending their 19 inning scoreless drought. Reisinger hit an RBI double which scored Hatten. Then Yovan drove in his first run of the game with an RBI sac fly to bring home Taylor from third.
The Black Bears are now in position tomorrow to win their first series since sweeping Kitsap at the beginning of West Coast League play.
Nico Tellache (IN-FR, LHP Oregon) is scheduled to take the mound against Brett Gannaway (JR, Columbia) in game two. First pitch will again be at 6:35 PM.