LONGVIEW, Wash.- When Cowlitz has won lately their pitching staff has been near unhittable.
The Black Bears earned their fourth shutout over the last six victories Sunday and swept Bend with a 1-0 win.
Starter Ryan Kaser (SO Lower Columbia College) had his best outing of the season only seeing one over the minimum and only allowing two base runners through six innings. An infield single to short stop in the top of the second inning and a four pitch walk in the sixth were the only blemishes on the day for Kaser. He added five strikeouts to go along with his first victory of the season.
Christian Peters (JR University of Portland) then pitched a perfect seventh with two strikeouts. Joe Solomon (SO University of the Pacific) only allowed one hit with one strikeout in the eighth. Finally closer JT Penick (SO Dallas Baptist) earned his third save of the season pitching a clean ninth and struck out one Elk.
Jonathan Hodo (JR Benedictine) brought home the only run of the game in the second. Isaac Deveaux (SO Utah) first picked up a one out single. Hodo drove him home all the way from first base with an RBI double into left center field. It was Hodo's second extra base hit of the season and RBI No. 6.
Overall the Black Bears saw just two over the minimum and allowed a season low two hits against.
Cowlitz (3-0, 13-17) earned their second sweep of the season and are also on their second four game winning streak. Bend (3-3, 10-23) gave back the three wins they earned in their previous series against Walla Walla.
The Black Bears head to Kelowna Monday morning for their only trip to Canada this season. Every first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.