Baseball Weekly Report

April 15, 2015 Contact: Nathan Webber (503)305-8756/nwebber@gnacsports.com GNAC Leader WOU Travels to MSUB in Pivotal 5 Game Series PORTLAND, Ore. – With the season quickly coming to a conclusion, second-place Montana State Billings will host conference-leader Western Oregon in a five-game series this weekend. Standings and Schedule GNAC Team Western Oregon MSU Billings Northwest Nazarene Central Washington Saint Martin’s The Yellowjackets (17-18 overall, 12-7 GNAC) have won their last three series and are coming off a four-game home-stand where they averaged 11.5 runs per game. Fourteen of those runs were off the bat of second baseman Brody Miller who earned National Collegiate Baseball Writers Associations (NCBWA) West Region Player of the Week honors. Over the last two conference series, the Wolves have held opponents to a .259 batting average while striking out 48 batters. In the eight games, five WOU starters have pitched 5.2 innings or more while holding teams to a mere 3.6 runs each contest. Western Oregon will maintain control of the conference lead if it wins two or more games, as it would also clinch a spot in the GNAC tournament. MSUB can significantly narrow the Wolves lead however, or even take control of the GNAC, with a good showing this weekend. So far this year, the Yellowjackets are 6-2 at home while the Wolves are 10-18 in road matchups. L 19 18 18 21 25 LAST 8 W L 6 2 6 2 6 2 3 5 0 8 FRIDAY, April 17 Western Oregon at Montana State Billings (DH), 1 p.m./4 p.m. Dixie State at Saint Martin’s, 2 p.m. Central Washington at Northwest Nazarene (DH), 3 p.m./6 p.m. SATURDAY, April 18 Western Oregon at Montana State Billings (DH), 1 p.m./4 p.m. Dixie State at Saint Martin’s (DH) 1 p.m./4 p.m. Central Washington at Northwest Nazarene (DH), 1 p.m./4 p.m. Miller and the GNAC’s top offense will be facing their biggest challenger of the year, Western Oregon, starting Friday. Western Oregon has produced the last two GNAC Pitchers of the Week in Jesse Pratt and Darrien Moran, who each threw complete games in their starts. W 21 17 23 18 13 UPCOMING GAMES Miller slugged four of his teams seven home runs, including two grand slams, in the series win over Central Washington. MSUB batted .411 as a team in the series. The Wolves (21-19 overall, 16-7 GNAC), who are one of the best pitching teams in the conference, have also been on a roll as of late winning the season-series against the NAIA’s 19th-ranked team Lewis-Clark State and sweeping Saint Martin’s last week. Their current five-game win-streak is the third longest in the GNAC this season behind their own sixgame streak and MSUB’s seven-straight wins. Overall W L 16 7 12 7 11 9 9 15 7 17 SUNDAY, April 19 Western Oregon at Montana State Billings, 11 a.m. Dixie State at Saint Martin’s, 12 p.m. . Around the GNAC  Miller becomes the second Yellowjacket this season to be named the NCBWA West Region Player of the Week and fourth GNAC player overall. Teammate Luke Reinschmidt received this honor Feb. 16-22 after hitting four home runs. SMU’s Carl Svanevik and NNU’s Tyler Davis each won the award in consecutive weeks from March 16-29.  Montana State Billings Miller was named the GNAC’s Player of the Week after one of the best statistical weeks in conference history. The second baseman slugged four home runs, two of them grand slams, while reaching base in 14 of 22 plate appearances. His 14 RBI’s are the most by a GNAC player in a weekend series this season. Pitcher of the Week honors went to Western Oregon’s Darrien Moran who won his fourth game in a one-run complete-game over SMU. In his nine innings pitched, Moran face four batters or less in five innings while holding the Saints to a .182 batting average. This series is actually a four-game matchup as the fifth game, being played Friday at 1 p.m., was carried over from a suspended dual March 14. GNACsports.com | @GNACsports | #GNACbaseball