Baseball Weekly Report

April 8, 2015 Contact: Nathan Webber (503)305-8756/nwebber@gnacsports.com Conference Title Race is Tight Heading into Last Month of Season PORTLAND, Ore. – Four weeks remain until the 2015 GNAC Championships and it’s still very much a question as to where the tournament will be held. Western Oregon, which split with Central Washington last week, still holds the conference lead at 12-7, but the rest of the field isn’t far behind. Montana State Billings is virtually one game behind the Wolves for the conference lead at 9-6. MSUB, which had a break from game-play last week, has four conference series left in the season including a five-game home-stand against the Wolves. Northwest Nazarene, which surpassed last year’s win total last week with a sweep of Saint Martin’s, is still in the hunt for the conference regular-season title as well. The Crusaders will have a tough road to reach the title, however, as its last two series are on the road against the Yellowjackets and the Wolves. Central Washington has shown signs of resurgence as of late, winning five of its last seven games including a series victory at Holy Names and taking two against Western Oregon. Saint Martin’s has potential to break into the playoff field as well, playing three of their remaining four series at home. The GNAC Championships will be held at the home of the regular-season champion May 7-8. The Crusaders and Wolves will be focusing solely on their GNAC competition after playing their last non-conference games of the season this week. NNU will face The College of Idaho Tuesday in a single-game in Nampa. The Crusaders have split their two games played against the Coyotes earlier in the year. Western Oregon also gets a chance to decide its series against 19th-ranked Lewis-Clark State of the NAIA in a single game Thursday. The Wolves have split their season series with the Warriors, handing them two of their nine losses on the year. Central Washington and Montana State Billings will face each other for the second time this year, each taking two in the matchup in Ellensburg at the end of February. Western Oregon will host Saint Martin’s in the other conference series this week. Standings and Schedule GNAC Team Western Oregon MSU Billings Northwest Nazarene Central Washington Saint Martin’s Overall W L 12 7 9 6 11 9 8 12 7 13 W 16 14 22 17 13 L 19 17 18 18 21 LAST 8 W L 3 5 7 1 6 2 5 3 1 7 UPCOMING GAMES THURSDAY, April 9 Lewis-Clark State at Western Oregon, 1 p.m. FRIDAY, April 10 Central Washington at Montana State Billings (DH), 1 p.m./4 p.m. SATURDAY, April 11 Central Washington at Montana State Billings (DH), 1 p.m./4 p.m. Saint Martin’s at Western Oregon (DH), 1 p.m./4 p.m. SUNDAY, April 12 Saint Martin’s at Western Oregon (DH), 12 p.m./3 p.m. TUESDAY, April 14 The College of Idaho at Northwest Nazarene, 6:30 p.m. Around the GNAC  The Montana State Billings doubleheader against Dickinson State Wednesday has been cancelled because of bad weather. No make-up date will be set. MSUB is now done with its non-conference slate this season, finishing 5-11 – all on the road.  Northwest Nazarene’s Kaleb DeHaas, Tate Glasgow and Tyler Marsh are involved with a special project to help send batting cages to Nicaragua. To find out more about their efforts, or to donate, head to NNUsports.com  Northwest Nazarene’s Jesse Hilyard was selected as the GNAC Player of the Week while Western Oregon’s Jesse Pratt was the Pitcher of the Week. Hilyard scored the game-winning run in NNU’s two wins against Saint Martin’s Saturday, including leading-off the bottom of the tenth with a double to win the game 4-3. Pratt is the first repeat winner of the year, pitching a complete-game shutout of the Wildcats Friday. Pratt retired the first 16 batters he faced while allowing just a single hit the entire game. GNACsports.com | @GNACsports | #GNACbaseball