Bend, Ore. --
The Pickles swept the Bend Elks with a 3-0 win Thursday night, recording a second straight shut out and winning all six of the regular season matchups between the two sides.
Joel Casillas (Cal St Northridge) and Colin Suter (Gonzaga) each tossed four innings of scoreless baseball, and Adam Davenport (Washington) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fourth save of the year.
The Pickles (13-6 second half; 30-15 overall) remain in first place in the South Division's second half, a half-game in front of the Corvallis Knights who also earned a sweep of Kelowna this week. The Pickles return home for the final regular season home series of the year beginning Friday against the Bellingham Bells. Nine games remain in the regular season.
Carson Breshears (Gonzaga) got the scoring started with a two-out RBI single through the right side that scored Brody Barnum and made it 1-0 Portland in the second. The Pickles added single runs in the seventh and eighth to add insurance.
Casillas faced the minimum through his first three innings of work, then was able to work around a pair of leadoff singles in the fourth inning to keep Bend off the board. Suter's outing featured impressive defense by the Pickles, including a pair of 5-4-3 double plays started by Sam Novitkse (Oregon), turned by Gio Diaz (St Mary's), and finished by Brody Barnum (Washington State).
The Pickles are now 12-10 on the road this year. Following the Bellingham series, the Pickles finish with six games on the road at Port Angeles and Victoria, respectively.
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