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Western powers past Saint Martin's

The Wolves start GNAC baseball play with four straight wins.

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon exploded for 47 runs and 56 hits during a four-game sweep of Saint Martin's on April 3-4 at the WOU Field.

The wins kicked off the Great Northwest Athletic Conference season for the Wolves, who also improved to 19-15 on the season.

WOU will travel to Ellensburg, Wash., to take on Central Washington in a four-game league series this Saturday-Sunday, April 10-11. The Wolves and Wildcats just met on March 27 in a non-conference double-header. WOU won the first game 10-2 and CWU took the second 6-2. Western Oregon leads the all-time series between the two 30-21.

Western rallied from an 8-5 deficit with four runs in the sixth inning to win the nightcap 9-8 and complete a double-header sweep of Saint Martin's on April 3. The Wolves won the first game 12-5.

Dylan Park had a two-run single and Anthony Isabella drove in a run in WOU's rally inning in the second game. The Wolves had four hits in the inning, and reliever Matt Paulsen pitched a perfect seventh inning to claim the win.

In the second contest, Saint Martin's jumped to a 6-1 lead in the first two innings as they chased WOU starter Travis Head with six hits.

The Wolves closed to 6-5 on a three-run home run by Jordan Ramos in the third. The Saints went up 8-5 in the sixth inning on a two-run double by Cody Duncan.

Adam Yeaney, Isabella and Park had two hits for WOU.

In the first game, WOU had 14 hits. Isabella had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and Jake Nelson also had a pair of two-baggers. Robins had three hits, Greg McCarthy had a single and a home run, and Tucker Brack had a round-tripper, walked four times and scored four runs.

Western completed the sweep with 14-7 and 12-2 victories on April 4.

The Wolves compiled 20 hits in the first game and had 12 more (all singles) in the nightcap.

In the first game, the Wolves scored five times in the third and fifth innings after trailing 3-0. Yeaney, Brack, Park and Robins all had three hits.

Freshman Nick Waechter tossed the first five innings to get the win. Waechter allowed four runs and fanned nine batters while improving to 4-3.

In the second game, the Wolves scored four runs in the first inning off of Saints ace Joe Sliva, as the first six batters of the game reached base.

That would be all the offense Western Oregon would need, as Luke Holscher gave up only one run in five innings of work and upped his record to 6-1.

Yeaney had two hits, scored four runs and stole three bases. Isabella, Brack and Ramos had two hits each.


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