WALLA WALLA, Wash.- Game two Sunday against Walla Walla was a complete reversal of game one as Cowlitz slugged their way to a 10-3 victory over the Sweets.
Walla Walla had 12 hits in game one, six of them for extra bases, while the Black Bears picked up six singles. In game two the Black Bears matched the Sweets feat with two doubles, a triple and three home runs while Walla Walla had nine singles.
Cowlitz scored seven unanswered runs after Walla Walla tied the game at three in the bottom of the third inning. In the sixth Tanner Parker (JR Middle Tennessee State) hit an RBI single to make it 4-3. The next batter Tony Boetto (SO Santa Clara) hit an RBI triple to right field. Finally Kyle Sandstrom (JR Sacramento State) hit an RBI infield single to stretch the lead to three.
Blake Burton (JR Washington) hit a one out solo home run in the seventh to left field. It was Burton's third dinger of the season.
Two more runs came across in the eighth. Sandstrom tried to bunt his way on with two outs and a runner at second and the Sweets pitcher threw it away causing Hodo to score. Then an RBI single by Kim made it 9-3.
Hodo picked up his second RBI with a single in the ninth to seal the game.
The Black Bears first reliever Christian Peters (JR University of Portland) earned the win improving his record to 3-2. He's the first Cowlitz pitcher to reach the three win mark this season. Peters lasted 2.2 innings and didn't even give up a hit with two walks and one hit batter.
Cowlitz ended the Sweets 20 inning shutout streak with one run in the top of the second. Andres Sosa (JR San Jacinto College) led off with a double and Jonathan Hodo (JR Benedictine) brought him home with an RBI ground out to short stop.
Walla Walla tied the game at one in the bottom of the inning with a safety squeeze up the third base side with the bases loaded.
Ryan Kim (JR University of Portland) and Austin Bell (R-JR Dallas Baptist) led off the third inning with back-to-back home runs to right field. It was the first time this season Cowlitz hit two homers in a row. Kim hit his third bomb while Bell picked up his team leading fourth. The three home run game marked the second time this season Cowlitz has hit that many in one game.
The Sweets (6-5, 21-17) again answered in the bottom half of the inning. A pair of back-to-back RBI singles tied the game at three.
The Black Bears (5-6, 15-23) reached double digits in runs for the first time this season. Every batter had at least one hit as well.
Jordan Martinson (LHP SR Dallas Baptist) is on the hill for the rubber match Monday at 6:35 PM.
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