KIEZER — The Wolves celebrated two GNAC wins on Friday against Saint Martin’s University at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.
The first game, 10-3, started off with four hits and a walk for Western, resulting in plating two runs the first inning, with Connor McCord bringing in Jay Leverett with a single to left, and Jared McDonald gaining a bases-loaded walk for the first two scores.
The Wolves scored six more runs before the Saints finally saw some scoring of their own at the bottom of the fourth. In the seventh inning, Wolf Jacob Martinez went five for six, with four runs scored, becoming the first Wolf in almost a decade to have five runs in a game.
Their second game started off quick, with the Wolves gaining the upper hand by scoring the first six runs of the game. McDonald scored a home run to center in the first, and McCord also saw two homers in the fifth and seventh innings, leaving the Saints behind with a 9-3 win.
Sunday, the Wolves traveled to Lynnwood, Wash., to face Saint Martin’s again in a two-game series and dominated in both, defeating Saint Martin’s two more times and advancing 4-7 on the season and 4-0 in GNAC play.
Wasting no time in establishing their lead, the Wolves scored 11 runs in the first three innings of the first game. Second inning, it was 6-0, with Nyles Nygaard hitting a two-run double down left field, and coming out with a three-run homer in the next inning. Fourth inning found the Wolves with two more runs before the Saints found their footing and scored seven runs.
McCord scored a two-run homer in the ninth to create more of a gap, and Nygaard pulled in at the last inning with five RBI and three runs scored, finding another win, 15-8.
The final game of the weekend saw little scoring comparatively, but the Wolves managed to come up with another win, 5-2. Two of the Wolves runs were due to two throwing errors from the Saints, a walk and a pair of wild pitches. In the seventh inning, Nygaard got his second homer of the day and McDonald later with a homer of his own for the final score.
The Wolves host Montana State University Billings Friday, March 9, at 3 p.m.
Track and field: The Wolves men’s and women’s teams snatched six individual event titles on Saturday at the Willamette Opener, held at the Charles Bowles track.
Josh Dempsey crashed the school’s all-time outdoor list in the 1,500 with a 3:50.81, ranking him as No. 9 in school history, but less than a second away from being in the top five. Dempsey was the lone NCAA DII qualifier of the day, barely making the provisional barrier by 0.09.
For the 800, the Wolves finished top five, with Curt Knott, 1:55.80, Stephen Fey, 1:57.38, and Dominick Marshall, 1:57.72, in the first three positions. Fourth and fifth place were secured by Trey Reed, 1:57.95 and Zachery Kanelis, 1:58.56, respectively.
Devon Fortier and Codi Blodgett were .01 seconds within one another of tying in the sprints, with Fortier at 11.191 and Blodgett at 11.192. Grayson Burke was first place in the women’s 400, with 59.25.
Halie Korff was second in both the discus (123-3 1/2), and the javelin (124-7), and Moana Gianotti led first place in the shot put, with 37-5 1/4.
Brandon Bowen led with first in the men’s shot put, with a 48 4 3/4 toss, and Jalon Fields was the final meet winner of the day for field events, landing 42-3 1/2 in the triple jump.
Michaela Yonkman came in second place in the 100-meter hurdles, with 16.46, and Darian Wilson lept 16-5 in the long jump, also coming in at second place.
Next week, a few of the Wolves will finish out the indoor season at the NCAA DII National Chmapionships, and the Outdoor Season will resume at the Lewis and Clark College Spring Break Opener on March 17 in Portland.