Wednesday, March 14, 2012
MONMOUTH -- For 14 straight games, Grady Wood has played like a man on a mission.
With his three-hit, nine-inning 5-0 shutout over No. 10 regionally-ranked Northwest Nazarene Friday, the senior right-hander earned his fifth victory of the season and his 14th in a row, dating back to last season.
Wood used 79 pitches to earn six strikeouts and force NNU into 15 groundouts to help the Wolves pick up their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference win that kickstarted its four-game sweep over NNU in Friday and Saturday's doubleheaders in Monmouth.
The Wolves, ranked No. 4 in the West Region, won by margins of 3-2 (Game 2 Friday), 8-3 and 6-0 to improve their record to 15-6 and 4-0 in the GNAC.
Wood (Junction City High) was named the GNAC Pitcher of the Week for his efforts, the second time he's been tabbed with that honor this season.
Matt Nylen was the Wolves' big run producer at the plate, going 6-for-13 with six RBI in four games to earn the GNAC's Player of the Week award. The junior outfielder from Clackamas High raised his batting average (.323) 35 points, as he had at least one hit in all four contests.
The Wolves return to action Saturday, March 24 at Central Washington.
WOU SOFTBALL SPLITS:
Dallas High grad Eryka Brill picked up her second win of the season in a 5-2 victory over Concordia (Portland) in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader.
Brill (2-3) allowed just two hits and two runs in 5.1 innings of work, striking out two.
The Wolves dropped the second game, 3-2. After WOU took a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, Concordia posted three runs in its at-bat to take the lead.
Hannah Pomeroy took the loss in Game 2 despite carrying a no-hitter into the sixth. She allowed just two hits in the game -- all three of Concordia's runs were unearned.
Ashley Worthey was the leader for the Wolves at the plate, blasting a home run in each game.