WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Freshmen Cody Ramstad and Bobby Jones, along with sophomore Marty Parsons, wielded the biggest bats as a young Whitman College baseball team revitalized its offense during the 1998 spring season.
Ramstad, a lefty who saw most of his playing time in right field, paced the Missionaries in nearly every offensive category. He captured the team's Triple Crown, for example, hitting .341 in 38 games while clouting seven home runs and driving home 26 runs.
Ramstad also led Whitman in doubles with 11, stolen bases with 17 and walks with 13. He added two triples to top the team in extra base hits with 20, and he scored 19 runs.
Jones, a shortstop and outfielder, led the Missionaries in total hits with 51 while hitting .338 on the season. He poked 10 doubles, a triple and home run while collecting 15 RBI and scoring 18 runs. Jones swiped nine bases and was credited with three sacrifices.
Parsons, a second baseman, was No. 2 on Whitman's home run list with five. He also smacked five doubles. He was second on the team in both runs scored with 22 and RBI with 21.
Parsons, who hit .289 on the season, saved most of his hits for Northwest Conference foes. His batting average in 23 conference game was a team-high .343.
Junior outfielder Ben McPherren led the Missionaries in runs scored with 24 and tied Jeremy Lilwall, a freshman third baseman, for the team lead in triples with three. McPherren also had two doubles, a home run and eight stolen bases.
Lilwall was one of three Missionaries who finished with a pair of home runs. The other two were senior catcher Wade Lockett and freshman first baseman Ben Holscher.
Martin Telstad, a junior designated hitter, clubbed three home runs in part-time duty. Freshman Jack Brink and Josh McCall also hit their first collegiate home runs (one each) as the Missionaries combined for 25 round-trippers.