BY JARYD CLINE, staff reporter
After sweeping the Oregon Tech Owls (16-30) on Saturday, the Wildcats (23-15) missed out on the four game series sweep by dropping the fourth game of the series on Sunday in Central home doubleheader this weekend.
Just as they have done all year the Wildcats used a flurry of hits to guide them to their Game 1 victory, 7-3. Senior designated hitter Kyle Sani dominated at the plate going 4-for-4 with 2RBIs and his team leading 10th homerun of the season. Junior shortstop Justen Weigel had his third consecutive multi hit game and junior catcher Sam Williams went 2-4 with 3RBIs.
Junior starting pitcher Stuart Fewel won his team-leading fifth game, striking out four Oregon Tech batters en route. Senior relief pitcher Randy Button closed out the remaining two innings, mowing down the Owl batters, striking out three and surrendering only one hit.
“We didn’t pitch terribly well but we pitched it well enough to win,” head coach Desi Storey said.
The Wildcats dropped their first game after winning five in a row after the Oregon Tech pitching allowed just five Wildcat hits.
“I feel like the bats every couple games or so will fall asleep for the second game,” Sani said.
Central scored early after two hits in the first but were only able to record three hits throughout the rest of the game. Oregon Tech took advantage of the Central relief pitching, scoring four and killing the Wildcat comeback attempt in the sixth inning.
The two Wildcat runs were the teams lowest output since the last loss when Northwest Nazarene University held Central to just two.
We’ve been talking about it all weekend and the last week or two, we have to be more consistent,” Storey said. “That’s the big thing is we can’t have 15 hits one game and five the next, we’re better than that.”
The Wildcats jump back into GNAC play by visiting Saint Martin’s University in Lacey next weekend.