Wolves sweep series at NW Nazarene

The baseball team improves to 27-10 and 8-0 in the GNAC.



MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon's baseball team outscored host Northwest Nazarene 57-12 and swept four games from the Crusaders April 15-16.

The Wolves improved to 27-10 on the season and 8-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. They have won nine straight games and 11 of their last 12.

Western will travel to Lacey, Wash., on Saturday, April 23 for a GNAC double-header against Saint Martin's. Saint Martin's will return the favor the following day with two games in Monmouth. Start time for both twinbills is 1 p.m. Two grand slam home runs and 22 hits helped Western romp to a 25-3 win over Northwest Nazarene in the first game of the series. In the second game, the Wolves broke open a 7-7 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh and won 10-7.

The Wolves got grand slams from the GNAC's leading hitter Greg McCarthy and from reserve Kyle Ahlf.

McCarthy, who was hitting .439 entering the game, walked his first two times but had hits in his next four at-bats.

WOU chased NNU ace Roger Evenson with a nine-run fourth inning and led 24-0 in the seventh inning.

WOU starter Nick Waechther pitched the first six innings and gave up two hits and struck out 10, improving to 6-3.

WOU led game two 7-3, but the Crusaders rallied to tie the game at 7-7 in the sixth stanza of a seven-inning contest. WOU scored three times in the top half of the seventh, thanks in part to a two-run double by Billy Powell and an RBI single by Mike McRae.

Ben Bracelin closed out the bottom half for his fifth save of the year.

Western won 18-2 and 4-0 a day later.

The Wolves had 21 hits in the opener. McCarthy went six for seven with five RBIs. He hit his fourth home run and 16th double of the season. McRae had three hits, including his 10th and 11th homers of the season, and drove in seven runs.

his 16th double during the game. Mike McRae went 3 for 5 Trent Kristjanson (5-1) earned the win for the Wolves, pitching through the seventh. He was relieved by Travis Head in the eighth.

WOU's Brian Fadling and NNU's Beau Paul both threw complete games in the series finale. Fadling (3-0) finished with a five-hitter and struck out nine.

McCarthy went two for four with two more RBI's, bringing his weekend total to 17 runs batted in. He was named a Louisville Slugger national player of the week.



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