PASCO - Despite allowing just one earned run over 71/3 innings, Blue Mountain Community College pitcher Nick Morris was tagged with the loss Sunday during the Timberwolves' 5-1 CBC Spring Invitational loss to Lane.

Against defending NWAACC champion Lane, Morris scattered seven hits while striking out four and walking a pair. The Timberwolves committed five errors, though, and Morris was charged with all five runs.

"Unfortunately, it's the second outing where Nick's thrown a tremendous game, and we haven't been able to support him," BMCC skipper Brett Bryan said. "Obviously, he pitched well enough to win (Sunday); we just didn't support him.

"If you take care of the baseball like we did (Sunday), you're not going to win many games, especially against quality teams like (Lane)."

The Timberwolves jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning when catcher Ryan Bailey drove in Hermiston High School graduate Dean Peters with a double.

The Timberwolves finished the game with four hits. Lane had seven.

"We didn't get a lot of hits, but neither did they," Bryan said. "If we would have played good defense, we would have went into the ninth in a 1-1 game ... and you just don't know what can happen from that point on."

The Timberwolves (5-4) return to the tournament today at Dust Devil Stadium, where they will face Linn Benton at 2 p.m.


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