WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Baseball takes three of four

After giving up 15 runs in its season-opener against Cal St. Monterey Bay, Western Oregon recovered to take three of four games last weekend. The Wolves dro-pped the opening game 15-0 before taking the second game of a double-header 4-3 and winning the final games of the series 7-5 and 7-1 on Monday.    "Obviously, we didn't play very well in game one, but credit to our guys for bouncing back against a very good Monterey Bay team," WOU coach Kellen Walker said.    Western Oregon pitcher Spenser Watkins gave up three hits and one earned run in five innings of work in the opening game.    In the second game of the series, the Wolves built a 4-0 lead, then held on as CSMB scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within one run. Minnich    Matt Minnich earned the win, throwing three strikeouts and giving up two hits in four innings of work. Kody Stone earned the save for Western Oregon.    Third baseman Marcus Madden had two hits and drove in two runs in the victory. The Greater Northwest Athletic Conference named Minnich Pitcher of the Week for his performance.    Western Oregon opens a five-game series with Sonoma State on Thursday.    WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS CLOSE GAME: The Wolves kept it close, but Western Oregon lost to Saint Martin’s 59-56 on Saturday. Dana Goularte had a double-double, scoring 16 points and grabbing 17 rebounds to lead the Wolves, but Western Oregon fell to 5-13 overall and 2-8 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. The Wolves host Alaska Fairbanks at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday before playing Alaska Anchorage at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Both games are the first of a doubleheader with the men’s basketball team.    MEN’S BASKETBALL SPLITS ROAD GAMES: Western Oregon completed a sweep against Montana State Billings, defeating the Yellowjackets 84-77 on Thursday. Jordan Wiley scored a team-high 21 points to lead four players in double figures as Western Oregon shot 50 percent from beyond the arc, while holding Montana State Billings to 32 percent shooting from 3-point land. The Wolves couldn’t keep up their momentum, however, as Seattle Pacific beat Western Oregon 79-47 on Saturday. The Wolves return home to host Central Washington at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Northwest Nazarene at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ROOT Sports.    SOFTBALL FALLS IN FIRST FOUR GAMES: Facing No. 21 University of California-San Diego, Western Oregon lost its first four games of its season 4-3, 11-3, 6-2 and 9-5 on Saturday and Sunday. Amanda Evola had four hits and drove in two runs during the series, while Melanie Pfeiffer had five hits, including a triple, and drove in one run to help lead the Wolves. Western Oregon travels to Las Vegas to take part in the Desert Stinger Tournament. The Wolves play California Baptist and Minot State on Friday, New Mexico Highlands and UC-San Bernardino on Friday and Black Hills State on Sunday.


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