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Wildcats Extend Winning Streak

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. --  Central Washington University pitchers Tyler Levin (Everett, Wash.) and Derek Shoemaker (Moses Lake, Wash.) each turned in solid pitching starts, and junior catcher Andrew Snowdon (Renton, Wash./Lindbergh HS) went three for three in game two as the Wildcats swept visiting Corban College, 4-1 and 8-4, in baseball action on Saturday at Tomlinson Field.

With the wins, Central extended its win streak to three games and is now 3-7 overall. Corban, which competes in the NAIA, fell to 2-4 on the year.

In the opener, Levin (1-1) threw just 79 pitches in going the distance on the mound. He allowed six hits, including three to the Warriors' Daniel Flores, but walked just one hitter.

On offense, four different Wildcats had a hit although Central managed just five as a team. Senior second baseman Dean Tomlinson (Puyallup, Wash.) went two for three with a double and a run scored, while leadoff man Jamie Nilsen (Federal Way, Wash./Thomas Jefferson HS) reached base in all three plate appearances, collecting an infield single and being hit by two pitches.

Jordan Emery (2-1) took the loss for Corban (2-3), striking out four and walking three in his six innings of work.

In the nightcap, Shoemaker (1-2) pitched six shutout innings, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts and leaving with an 8-1 lead. The Wildcats built a lead for the junior right-hander with two runs each in the third and fourth innings, followed by a single tally in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Central's offense collected eight of its nine hits in the first six innings. Junior A.J. Gosney (Veradale, Wash./Central Valley HS), who had a two-run double in the opener, started the Wildcats' scoring in the nightcap with a two-run single in the third inning. Sophomore Joshua Murillo (Yakima, Wash./A.C. Davis HS) had a two-run hit of his own in the following frame to make it a 4-0 lead, and a fifth-inning hit by Snowdon pushed the margin to five runs. CWU then scored its final three runs in the sixth with the benefit of just one hit -- a two-run single by freshman Alex Milden (Yakima, Wash./A.C. Davis HS).

Corban scored its four runs in the final three innings. The Warriors got their first run against Shoemaker before scoring twice more in the seventh against two Central Washington relievers. Corban then scored the game's final run in the top of the ninth inning.

Snowdon, Murillo, and Milden all had multiple-hit games for the Wildcats in the nightcap, combining for seven of Central's nine safeties. First baseman Kyle Taylor was the only Corban player with more than one hit in game two, finishing two for four.

Central Washington opens Great Northwest Athletic Conference play next weekend, playing a home-and-home four-game series with Saint Martin's on Friday (Feb. 29) and Saturday (Mar. 1). The series will start with a Friday doubleheader in Lacey before shifting to Ellensburg on Saturday.

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