Whitman College Baseball

Spring 2003 Game Summaries


Saturday, Feb. 15
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford 9, Whitman 4
Chandler, Ariz.

After waiting for a day and a half for the rain to stop, the Whitman baseball team dropped its season opener 9-4 to the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford in Chandler, Ariz.

The Missionaries were originally scheduled to play one game on Thursday and two on Friday, but the weather didn't cooperate. The first two days of DIII Desert Classic were postponed.

Senior Blake Fisher and sophomore Spencer Fox each had two hits for the Missionaries, and Jordan Takaki knocked in two runs in his Whitman debut.

Whitman gained its only lead of the game in the top of the first. After a Fisher single and a walk by senior Ryan Nelson, Takaki doubled to bring them both around. The lead would not last long, however, as Pittsburgh-Bradford put up six runs in the bottom half of the inning. UPB had just three hits in the inning, but two errors and two walks kept the inning alive.

Whitman scored again in the fourth as freshman J.D. Fischer doubled to plate Fox. In the sixth inning, Fox scored the final Missionary run, courtesy of an infield error.

Sophomore Steve Johnson started the game for Whitman and pitched four innings. He gave up nine runs on nine hits, only five of which were earned. Freshman Matt Jungmann pitched two scoreless innings in his debut, striking out one and walking one. The game ended after six innings due to a two-hour time limit.

The Missionaries are scheduled to play three games on Sunday, weather permitting, before returning to Walla Walla for the Kight Invitational next weekend.

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Sunday, Feb. 16
Whitman 2, Lewis & Clark 1
Chandler, Ariz.

Seven strong innings of pitching from senior Ryan Nelson helped the Whitman baseball team notch its first victory of the season on Sunday. The 2-1 win came over Northwest Conference rival Lewis & Clark at the DIII Desert Classic in Chandler, Ariz. The Missionaries are 1-1, while Lewis & Clark fell to 1-3.

Nelson gave up just four hits and one earned run while striking out two in seven innings of work.

The Missionaries trailed 1-0 entering the sixth when freshman Cole Smead started the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Sean Kinney dropped a sacrafice bunt, advancing Smead to second base. Senior Danny Richards rapped the first pitch he saw for a single, scoring Smead to tie the game. After Blake Fisher followed with another single, Richards scored on a wild pitch.

Sophomores Andrew Shultz and Spencer Fox also had hits for Whitman in the game.

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Sunday, Feb. 16
Whitman 5, George Fox 3
Chandler, Ariz.

Knocking off its second Northwest Conference opponent of the day, the Whitman baseball team downed George Fox 5-3 as the DIII Desert Classic continued in Chandler, Ariz. Whitman improved to 2-1 on the season, handing the Bruins (3-1) their first loss.

First-year pitcher Adam Maldonado worked five innings, allowing just four hits and three runs. Maldonado struck out three befor leaving the game in the sixth with the game tied at 3-3. Sophomore Pat Thomas pitched a scoreless sixth inning to get the victory, striking out one and walking one.

The Missionaries jumped in front first, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning. Sean Kinney sparked the outburst with a single down the left field line. Danny Richards also singled, sending Kinney to third. The next two Missionaries struck out, but Kinney scored on a throwing error. After Andrew Shultz walked, Spencer Fox was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A throwing error by the third basemen allowed Richards and Shultz to score, making it 3-0.

Whitman wouldn't score again until adding its final two runs in the sixth inning. Shultz tripled with one out and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Freshman Drew Pearsall singled to drive in Fox, giving the Missionaries a 5-3 lead and the win.

Shultz went two for two and scored two runs, and Pearsall also had two hits for Whitman.

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Sunday, Feb. 16
Eastern Oregon 7, Whitman 1
Chandler, Ariz.

The Whitman men's baseball lost its final game at the DIII Desert Classic in Chandler, Ariz., on Sunday, falling 7-1 to Eastern Oregon. The Missionaries won two and lost two at the rain-shortened tournament. Eastern Oregon is now 1-3 on the season.

Sophomore Sean Kinney produced three of Whitman six hits, but was left on base after each. First-year catcher Matt Jungmann drove in Whitman's only run, knocking home fellow freshman Drew Pearsall with a single in the fifth.

Senior pitcher Jake Jensen went the distance for the Missionaries, allowing six hits while striking out one.

The Missionaries return to Walla Walla this weekend to host the Kight Invitational. Prairie Baseball Academy and Western Baptist will come to Borleske Stadium for six games on Saturday and Sunday. Whitman plays the opening game, at 11 a.m. versus PBA on Saturday. The Missionaries will also play Western Baptist on Saturday, starting at 5 p.m.

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Saturday, Feb. 22
Prairie Baseball Academy 7, Whitman 4
Walla Walla, Wash.

A five-run fifth inning by Prairie Baseball Academy was too much to overcome for the Whitman baseball team as it dropped the first game of the Kight Invitational 7-4 at Borleske Stadium Saturday. Considered an "exhibition" by NCAA regulations, the game will not count on Whitman's record. The Missionaries remain 2-2 on the season while Prairie is 1-5.

Whitman scored in four of seven innings, but managed just one run in each case. Sophomore Sean Kinney, falling a home run short of hitting for the cycle, collected a single, double, and triple in four plate appearances. He drew a base on balls in his fourth at-bat. He scored twice and had one RBI.

Senior Jake Jensen was the pitcher of record for the Missionaries, giving up all seven runs in five innings of work. Jensen struck out two and walked one in the loss.

Two hits and a walk in the Prairie first resulted in two runs, but Whitman regained one of those in the bottom of the inning. Kinney and senior Danny Richards each singled to start the inning, and then advanced to second and third base on error by the catcher. Senior Blake Fisher drove in Kinney with a sacrafice to the right side.

The Missionaries tied the game in the third inning 2-2 when Kinney again scored on a Fisher sacrafice. Prairie responded in the fifth, scoring five runs, including a three run home run.

Missionary freshman Matt Jungmann scored in the bottom of the inning to make it 7-3. Whitman scored one more time in its final at bat in the seventh.

Richards, Jungmann and first-year infielder Brandon Nickerson each had a hit for the Missionaries. Pat Thomas and Adam Dobrin both came into the game in relief of Jensen, pitching a scoreless inning apiece.

The Missionaries play their second game of the invitational at 5 p.m. Saturday at Borleske.

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Saturday, Feb. 22
Western Baptist 11, Prairie Baseball Academy 6
Walla Walla, Wash.

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Saturday, Feb. 22
Western Baptist 10, Whitman 5
Walla Walla, Wash.

The Whitman baseball team was unable to overcome six first-inning runs as Western Baptist downed the Missionaries 10-5 Saturday evening at Borleske Stadium. Whitman dropped to 2-3 on the season, while Western Baptist won its first game of the year.

Whitman's five runs all came in the sixth inning. Sean Kinney, Drew Pearsall and Danny Richards singled to start the rally. After Richards scored one run with his hit, Blake Fisher walked and Ryan Nelson drove home a second run with a fielder's choice. With two out and two on, sophomore Andrew Shultz drove a ball over the fence for a three-run shot, cutting the lead to 7-5.

Western Baptist scored three times in the next inning, however, and held on for a 10-5 win.

Kinney finished with two hits, one run and one walk in three at bats. Apart from Kinney and the hits by Richards, Pearsall and Shultz, however, the Missionary offense struggled. Whitman was also plagued with errors, committing five.

Senior Ryan Nelson started the game pitching for Whitman, but was replaced in the third inning after a rain delay. Nelson took the loss, giving up eight hits and four earned runs in his two innings of work. Pat Thomas worked four innings in relief, striking out three while allowing five hits and three runs. Adam Dobrin pitched the final three outs in the seventh, allowing just one hit.

The Missionaries play both Prairie Baseball Academy and Western Baptist Sunday as the Kight Invitational continues. The games are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting.

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Sunday, Feb. 23
Western Baptist 2, Prairie Baseball Academy 0
Walla Walla, Wash.

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Sunday, Feb. 23
Prairie Baseball Academy 4, Whitman 3
Walla Walla, Wash.

Five strong innings of pitching from sophomore Steve Johnson wasn't enough Sunday afternoon as the Whitman baseball team lost 4-3 to Prairie Baseball Academy. For the Missionaries, it was second loss in as many days to PBA, but neither of those games count as part of Whitman's NCAA won-loss record. Whitman remains 2-3 on the season, while PBA is now 3-7.

Johnson gave up just four runs off of six hits in his outing before handing the ball over to Matt Jungmann. The freshman pitched two scoreless innings, but Whitman was unable to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh.

Prairie had a 3-0 lead when the Missionaries came to bat in the bottom of the third. Jordan Takaki singled to start the inning and scored on a Sean Kinney sacrafice fly. Freshman Drew Pearsall scored another for the Missionaries in the fourth, but neither team scored again until Whitman came to bat in the seventh, trailing 4-2.

The first two Missionaries recorded outs in the inning, and Whitman gained a baserunner only after freshman Brandon Nickerson reached on a dropped third strike. He ended up on third after an error by the catcher, and was brought home by Kinney's single. Prairie made a pitching change, however, and Danny Richards was retired to end the game.

The Missionaries managed just four hits in the game, and left five runners on base.

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Sunday, Feb. 23
Western Baptist 12, Whitman 5
Walla Walla, Wash.

The Whitman baseball team dropped the final game of the Kight Invitational at Borleske Stadium Sunday evening, falling 12-5 in extra innings to Western Baptist. Whitman fell to 2-4 on the year, while Western Baptist won all four of its weekend games in Walla Walla.

Whitman senior Blake Fisher went two for three with three RBIs and one run scored. Sophomore Sean Kinney also had two hits, scoring one run.

Western Baptist held a 5-0 lead when the Missionaries came to bat in the fourth. Fisher reached base on an error to start the inning and later scored on another error. The Missionaries scored two more in the fifth. After Spencer Fox scored on an pinch-hit RBI single by Cole Smead, Fisher doubled home another run.

In the bottom of the seventh, Whitman scored twice more to knot the game at 5-5 and force the game into extra innings. Brandon Nickerson walked to start the Missionary seventh and scooted around to third base on a Kinney double. Fisher singled with one out to score two runs, and advanced to second on a Ryan Nelson single. That's as close as Whitman would get, however, as Western Baptist retired the side.

The Warriors erupted for seven runs in the top of the eighth to ice the game on a very cold evening.

Spencer Fox, Nickerson, and Andrew Shultz also had hits for the the Missionaries, who compiled nine on the night.

Adam Maldonado worked four and two-thirds innings for Whitman, giving up just two hits, but walking seven. Adam Dobrin took the loss, allowing five runs in an inning on the mound.

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Saturday, March 1
Central Washington 12, Whitman 2
Central Washington 15, Whitman 1
Ellensberg, Wash.

The Whitman baseball team suffered two losses at the hands of NCAA Division II Central Washington Saturday, 12-2 and 15-1. The Missionaries dropped to 2-6 with the pair of losses. Central Washington is 4-4 on the year.

Whitman managed just four hits in the first game of the double header. Senior Danny Richards belted two, and Sean Kinney and Blake Fisher each had one.

Central had eight hits, but Whitman walked nine batters in the game, allowing 12 runs. Freshman hurler Adam Maldonado took the loss, and is 0-1 on the year. Maldonado worked two and one-thirds innings, allowing seven runs off of six hits. Matt Jungmann pitched two innings, giving up four runs, and Adam Dobrin worked an inning and a third, allowing one run.

Richards crossed the plate for Whitman's first run in the opening inning after singling and scoring on a throwing error. The other Missionary run came in the third. Kinney doubled down the leftfield line, and was brought in by Fisher.

Central Washington was just as tough in the second game, downing Whitman 15-1. Senior Jake Jensen pitched the first five innings, giving up 13 hits and eight earned runs. Sophomore Steve Johnson relieved Jensen in the sixth, pitching two innings. Johnson allowed two runs off three hits. Junior Casey Nelson made his Whitman debut in the eighth inning, but retired just one Central batter before being relieved by Pat Thomas.

Whitman compiled nine hits during the game, but left 11 men on base. Ryan Nelson, Andrew Shultz, and Brandon Nickerson each had a pair of hits. Whitman's lone run came in the third. Nelson singled in Richards, but the inning ended without any more runners crossing the plate.

The Missionaries open their conference schedule next weekend with a series against Lewis & Clark College. Saturday's double header starts at noon, and the game on Sunday also has a noon start time.

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Saturday, March 8
Whitman 15, Lewis & Clark 2
Lewis & Clark 6, Whitman 5
Walla Walla, Wash.

The Whitman baseball team split two games with Lewis & Clark College in the first day of conference play for both schools at Borleske Stadium Saturday. The Missionaries won the first 15-2, but fell to the Pioneers in the second game of the double header, 6-5. Whitman is 3-7 overall, 1-1 in the Northwest Conference. Lewis & Clark is 3-8, 1-1.

Whitman broke open a close first game it the seventh inning by putting up five runs, and then scored another five in the eighth. That was plenty for senior pitcher Jake Jensen, who threw eight strong innings to get the victory. Jensen gained his first win of the year by scattering seven Pioneer hits and striking out four while allowing only two runs.

The Missionaries got on the board first by putting up four runs in the bottom of the first off of three hits and two Pioneer errors. Each team scored one run in the fifth and Lewis & Clark added one in the sixth to make it a 5-2 game.

Whitman then exploded in the seventh, scoring five runs off three singles, a double, and an error. The Missionaries repeated their production in the eighth. Jordan Takaki singled in two runs and then Sean Kinney drove a ball off of the right field fence for a 3-RBI double.

Danny Richards had three hits, including two doubles, and three RBI's. Sophomore Spencer Fox also had three hits, scored twice drove in two runs. Freshman Drew Pearsall went two for three and scored twice. Kinney had two hits, two runs and five RBI's. Blake Fisher and Takaki also had two hits for the Missionaries.

Whitman lead in the second game 5-2 going into the top of the ninth inning, but Lewis & Clark score five four times and held on for the 6-5 victory.

Freshman pitcher Matt Jungmann worked sixth and one-third innings, allowing just two runs off five hits while striking out three. Adam Dobrin relieved Jungmann and pitched one and two-third innings without allowing a run. Pat Thomas took the loss after pitching the ninth, and is 1-1 on the year.

Blake Fisher doubled after a Danny Richards walk in the first inning to put the Missionaries on top. Whitman scored three more in the third. Fisher knocked Richards in again, and then was brought in by a Drew Pearsall triple. Andrew Shultz then singled to score Pearsall.

Whitman's only other run came in the fifth inning.

Fisher lead the Missionaries with three hits. He also scored twice and drove two runs in. Cole Smead went two for three for the Missionaries, and Ryan Nelson also had a hit.

The final game of the series will be played on Sunday at Borleske.

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Sunday, March 9
Lewis & Clark 6, Whitman 5
Walla Walla, Wash.

The Whitman baseball team fell to Lewis & Clark College Sunday 6-5 in the final game of the weekend series at Borleske Stadium. The Missionaries dropped to 3-8 overall, 1-2 in the Northwest Conference. Lewis & Clark is 4-8, 1-2.

The Pioneers broke up a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the ninth with one run, which proved to be enough as Whitman failed to score in its half of the inning.

Senior pitcher Ryan Nelson took the loss for the Missionaries. Nelson threw all nine innings, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs while striking out two. A five-run second inning hurt Nelson as he fell to 1-2 on the year.

The Missionaries scored all of their runs in the middle innings: two in the third, and one each in the fourth, fifth, and sixth. In the second inning, Spencer Fox singled and then scored on a Sean Kinney RBI. Later in the inning Kinney stole home to score an unearned run.

Nelson hit a solo homer in the fourth for Whitman's third run, and Fox scored again - this time on a Danny Richards RBI - in the fifth to cut the Pioneer lead to 5-4. Whitman's final run came in the sixth when freshman Drew Pearsall hit a solo homer over the left field fence.

Pearsall led the team with two hits. Blake Fisher, Richards, and Fox also had hits for the Missionaries.

Whitman travels to Newberg, Oregon next weekend for a three game series with George Fox. Saturday's double header begins at noon.

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Sunday, March 16
George Fox 15, Whitman 3
George Fox 10, Whitman 3
Newberg, Ore.

The Whitman baseball team dropped the opener of a three game series with George Fox 15-3 Sunday in Northwest Conference play. The game, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, was delayed a day because of rain. The loss drops the Missionaries to 3-9 overall, 1-3 in NWC. George Fox is 9-5, 2-2.

The second game of Sunday's double-header was suspended in the eighth inning because of darkness. The Bruins lead Whitman 11-3 and play will resume at noon on Monday. The final game of the series will be played immediately following the completion of the suspended game.

Senior pitcher Jake Jensen took the loss for the Missionaries, and is 1-3 on the year. Jensen worked six innings, allowing 11 runs off of 17 hits. Nine of George Fox's 11 runs off Jensen came in the second inning.

Whitman scored all three of its runs in the first and second innings. Sean Kinney singled to start off the first, and was moved over on a sacrafice bunt by Danny Richards. Senior Blake Fisher then singled up the middle to bring Kinney around, giving Whitman a 1-0 lead.

In the second, Andrew Shultz walked, stole second, and then advanced to third on an error that let freshman Brandon Nickerson reach first. Nickerson also stole second base, and both Missionaries were then brought in on a Kinney single through the right side.

Kinney and Fisher led the Missionaries with two hits apiece. J.D. Fischer, Ryan Nelson, Drew Pearsall, and Jordan Takaki also had hits for Whitman.

Monday's play begins at noon, with the third game of the series following the final two innings of the second game.

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Monday, March 17
George Fox 11, Whitman 1
Newberg, Ore.

The Whitman baseball team picked up a pair of losses at the hands of George Fox University Monday in Newberg, Oregon, losing Sunday's unfinished game 10-3 and falling in the final game of the series, 11-1. With the losses Whitman falls to 3-11 on the year, 1-5 in Northwest Conference play. The Bruins are 11-5, 4-2.

The Missionaries were unable to score any more runs in their final at bat after play resumed on Monday. All three of Whitman's runs came in the fifth inning.

Sophomore Andrew Shultz walked to start the inning, and freshman Brandon Nickerson followed the walk by reaching on a fielding error by the third baseman. Nickerson ended up on second after the error and Shultz on third. J.D. Fischer brought Shultz in with a groundout to first base, and then Sean Kinney hit an RBI single. Danny Richards singled in Kinney, and then the side was retired.

Freshman pitcher Adam Maldonado, who beat the Bruins earlier this year in Arizona, took the loss. Maldonado pitched just three innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs. Sophomore Steve Johnson worked the next four and two thirds innings, allowing three runs. Senior Jon Keefer pitched the last out for Whitman.

In the final game of the series the Bruins again produced big numbers on offense, generating 16 hits and 11 runs. Senior pitcher Ryan Nelson (1-3) took the loss, working six innings. Pat Thomas pitched the seventh and eighth, allowing just one run.

Whitman's lone run gave the Missionaries a brief 1-0 lead in the second. Back to back doubles by Drew Pearsall and Andrew Shultz produced the run, but Shultz was left on base.

Kinney and Blake Fisher also had hits for Whitman.

The Missionaries will try to turn things around as they return home next weekend for a three game series with Willamette University. Saturday's double header begins at noon with the final game slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Sunday, March 23
Willamette 10, Whitman 6
Willamette 5, Whitman 4
Walla Walla, Wash.

The Whitman baseball team dropped both games of a double-header to visiting Willamette University at Borleske Stadium in Northwest Conference action Sunday. The Bearcats won the first game 10-6, and followed it up with a 5-4 victory in the second game. Whitman lost its seventh straight and is 3-13 overall, 1-7 in NWC. Willamette is 8-7, 4-1.

The Missionaries led for most of the first game, falling behind only after a five-run eighth inning by Willamette. The Bearcats led 7-6 at that point and picked up three more insurance runs in the ninth.

Whitman took a 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning on a Blake Fisher two-run homer to left field. Willamette tied the game with two runs of its own in the second, but Whitman responded in the fourth.

Freshman Brandon Nickerson doubled and scored on a Spencer Fox single to give Whitman the advantage, 3-2. Fisher knocked Sean Kinney in with an RBI single, and later scored on an error as the Missionaries extended their lead to 6-2.

Freshman pitcher Matt Jungmann gave up just six hits and two runs in his first seven innings of work. Willamette rallied in the eighth, however, scoring four runs off Jungmann and one more off freshman pitcher Adam Dobrin. Jungmann struck out four and walked five in seven and one-third innings. Dobrin received the loss, and is 0-2 on the season. Pat Thomas worked the ninth, allowing a run off one hit.

Fisher went three for five with three RBI's. Drew Peasall, Nickerson, and Fox each had two hits for the Missionaries.

Willamette scored four runs in the first inning of the second game and added one more in the top of the ninth as it held on for a 5-4 win. Kinney scored two runs for Whitman and Pearsall and Ryan Nelson each had two RBI's. Senior pitcher Jake Jensen (1-4) worked all nine innings for the Missionaries and took the loss.

Pearsall's bases loaded, two out single in the third scored two runs for Whitman and cut the Bearcat lead in half, 4-2. Whitman tied the game in the eighth when Nelson repeated the feat, knocking in two more runs with a two out single through the left side.

Willamette broke the tie in the ninth, however, with an RBI double. Whitman had a base runner in the ninth, but was unable to bring the run in as it fell 5-4.

The final game of the series will be played on Monday, with a noon start time at Borleske Stadium.

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Monday, March 24
Willamette 15, Whitman 5
Walla Walla, Wash.

The Whitman baseball team fell in the final game of the weekend series with Willamette University 15-5 Monday at Borleske Stadium. The loss leaves the Missionaries with a 3-14 overall record, 1-8 in Northwest Conference play. Willamette improved to 9-7, 5-1.

Whitman jumped on top in the first inning as Danny Richards rounded the bases on a pair of errors by the Bearcats. The Missionaries held a 1-0 until Willamette put up two runs off senior pitcher Ryan Nelson in the fifth inning. The Bearcats never looked back after taking the 2-1 lead, scoring four times in the sixth, five in the seventh, and four runs in the ninth.

Nelson worked six innings on the mound, giving up six runs off 10 hits while striking out two. Sophomore Steve Johnson pitched the final three innings for Whitman, striking out two while allowing 12 hits and nine runs.

The Missionaries scored one run in the seventh, and three more in the last half of the ninth inning. Jordan Takaki singled in Blake Fisher in the seventh. In the ninth, senior Jon Keefer doubled to start the inning. Cole Smead walked to get on base, and both scored on a J.D. Fischer single. Richards batted in Whitman's final run.

Whitman travels to Lethbridge, Alberta, next weekend to play three exhibition games with Prairie Baseball Academy.

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Saturday, March 29
Prairie 16, Whitman 6
Whitman 1, Prairie 0
Lethbridge, Alberta

The Whitman baseball team split a pair of exhibition games Saturday with Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, Alberta. The Missionaries fell 16-6 in the first game, but responded with a 1-0 victory in the second game of the double-header. Whitman remains 3-14 on the year, 1-8 in Northwest Conference play.

Whitman took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one, but Prairie scored three times in the bottom of the first. The Missionaries tied it up in the second at 3-3, but Prairie again responded, scoring three more runs in the third. Whitman managed single runs in the fourth, seventh, and ninth innings, but Prairie continued to build on its lead, winning 16-6.

Sophomore Sean Kinney scored three of Whitman's runs. Kinney went three for four at the plate with a double and one RBI. Freshman J.D. Fischer had two hits and freshman Matt Jungmann hit his first home run of the year.

Danny Richards, Blake Fisher, Drew Pearsall, and Jordan Takaki also had hits for the Missionaries.

Senior Jake Jensen worked five innings on the mound for the Missionaries and took the loss. Jensen allowed nine hits and nine runs while striking out two and walking two. Steve Johnson pitched three innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs.

The second game of the day turned into a pitcher's duel as each team's hurler scattered five hits apiece over seven innings.

Freshman Adam Maldonado tossed a shutout as the Missionaries scored a run in the top of the first and held on for a 1-0 win. Maldonado struck out five and walked four while allowing just one extra-base hit.

Richards had one hit and scored the only run of the game. Fisher, Pearsall, Brandon Nickerson and Andrew Shultz also had hits.

The two teams will play a final exhibition game on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m.


Sunday, March 30
Prairie 24, Whitman 3
Lethbridge, Alberta

Prairie Baseball Academy picked up a victory in a 24-3 rout of the Whitman baseball team Sunday in an exhibition in Lethbridge, Alberta. The Missionaries lost the weekend exhibition series 2-1, but remain 3-14 on the year and 1-8 in Northwest Conference play.

The Missionaries sent four different pitchers to the mound during the game, but none were able to keep Prairie off the scoreboard. Freshman Matt Jungmann started the game for Whitman, but lasted just three innings after giving up 10 hits and nine runs. Only four of the runs were earned, however, and Jungmann struck out one batter. Pat Thomas and Adam Dobrin each pitched a pair of innings, allowing five and six runs, respectively. Jordan Takaki pitched the eighth inning in his first appearance for Whitman, striking out two while giving up four runs.

Whitman scored single runs in the first, second, and fourth innings. Andrew Shultz and Brandon Nickerson each had one hit and scored a run for the Missionaries. Sean Kinney scored Whitman's final run and had two singles on the day. Freshman J.D. Fischer also had two hits, knocking in two runs. Danny Richards had Whitman's only other hit, an RBI single.

The Missionaries resume conference play next weekend, with three games against Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash. Both Saturday's double-header and Sunday's single game begin at noon.


Saturday, April 5
Whitworth 11, Whitman 5
Whitworth 13, Whitman 7
Spokane, Wash.

Failing to hold on to early leads in both games, the Whitman baseball team dropped two Northwest Conference contests to Whitworth College Saturday in Spokane. The Pirates won the first game 11-5 and followed it with a 13-7 victory in game two of the doubleheader. Whitman fell to 3-16 overall, 1-10 in NWC. Whitworth is 9-12-1, 7-6.

The Missionaries took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning in the first game of the day, but Whitworth scored 11 runs in its next three at bats. Whitman scored a single run in the eighth and a pair in the ninth, but lost 11-5.

Sophomore Sean Kinney went two for four with three RBI's and freshman Drew Pearsall also had two hits for the Missionaries.

Freshman Matt Jungmann's triple in the second scored both Missionary runs in the inning. In the eighth, Kinney hit a sacrafice fly that scored Jungmann, and came back to the plate in the ninth to single in two more runs.

Andrew Shultz and J.D. Fischer each had doubles, and Ryan Nelson, Brandon Nickerson and Spencer Fox also had hits in the game.

Adam Maldonado pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing all 11 runs off 11 hits. Ryan Nelson finished off the game on the hill, scattering four hits over four and one-thirds innings while striking out two.

In Saturday's second game, Senior Ryan Nelson hit a three-run homerun in the top of the first inning. Whitworth put up four runs in its half of the inning, and took a 7-4 lead in the second inning which it would not relinquish.

Sophomore Spencer Fox went three for four at the plate and drove in one run. Four Missionaries, Kinney, Nelson, Pearsall and Shultz each had two hits.

Shultz scored Whitman's run in the second inning on an RBI by Senior Blake Fisher. Pearsall then scored an unearned run in the third inning. The Missionaries didn't score again until the eighth, when Shultz knocked in a run with an RBI single. Danny Richards scored Whitman's final run after walking in the ninth inning.

Senior Jake Jensen pitched six innings and took the loss, falling to 1-5 on the year. Jensen gave up all 13 runs off 12 hits, and struck out two. Pat Thomas worked the final two innings, giving up only two hits.

The two teams will play the final game of the series on Sunday, starting at noon.

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Sunday, April 6
Whitworth 16, Whitman 2
Spokane, Wash.

Whitworth College completed a three game sweep of the Whitman baseball team with a 16-2 victory Sunday in Northwest Conference play in Spokane, Wash. The Missionaries fell to 3-17 overall, 1-11 in conference. Whitworth is 10-12-1, 8-6.

The Whitworth pitching staff held the Missionaries to just five hits, two of which came from Senior Blake Fisher. Fisher had a single and a double on the day, batting in one run. Jordan Takaki, Brandon Nickerson and Jon Keefer also had hits for Whitman.

Freshman pitcher Matt Jungamann pitched four solid innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth as Whitworth scored six times. Jungmann (0-1) took the loss as he allowed nine runs off eight hits while striking out one. Pat Thomas worked one inning on the hill, and sophomore Steve Johnson pitched the final two and one-thirds innings.

Whitman two runs came in the eighth inning. J.D. Fischer reached base on a throwing error and crossed the plate on Fisher's double to left field. Fisher scored two batters later on a ball that got by the catcher.

Whitman returns home for a three game set with Linfield College next weekend. Saturday's double-header begins at noon.

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Saturday, April 12
Linfield 16, Whitman 11
Linfield 11, Whitman 5
Walla Walla, Wash.

A struggling Whitman baseball team dropped two games to Linfield College, 16-11 and 11-5 at Borleske Stadium Saturday in Walla Walla. The losses leave the Missionaries 3-19 overall 1-13 in Northwest Conference action. Linfield improved to 12-15, 8-9.

In game one of the double-header, Linfield put up five runs in the top of the second inning. Whitman scored two in the second, four more in the third and two in the fourth to take an 8-6 lead, but the Wildcats would produce the next 10 runs and eventually win 16-11.

Freshman Drew Pearsall had three hits for the Missionaries in five at bats, scoring one run. Senior shortstop Blake Fisher knocked in four runs off two hits and also scored twice.

Matt Jungmann's RBI double in the second inning got Whitman on the board. Jungmann later scored on an error. Sean Kinney doubled to start off the third inning, and after a Danny Richards walk Fisher doubled and knocked both Kinney and Richards in. Fisher ended up scoring on the play as Linfield committed two errors. Jungmann picked up another RBI in the inning, and the Missionaries tied the game 6-6.

Fisher and Richards each doubled and scored in the fourth to give Whitman its only lead of the game at 8-6. Linfield scored nine runs over the next three innings as the Missionaries failed to get a runner across the plate. Whitman scored three times in the ninth as Linfield continued to make errors.

Jake Jensen (1-6) pitched six and two-thirds innings for Whitman and took the loss. Jensen allowed 13 hits and 14 earned runs while walking five.

Linfield wasted no time in establishing a lead in game two, scoring four runs in the first two innings. They would extend it to 8-0 before Whitman scored two in the sixth. Richards doubled in Kinney and then scored on a Ryan Nelson single. Whitman's other three runs came in the eighth. Kinney singled, Richards doubled, and Fisher singled to bring in Kinney. Both Richards and Fisher scored on sacrafice groundouts.

Nelson worked seven innings on the hill for Whitman, allowing 10 earned runs off 15 hits. Nelson fell to 1-5 on the year. Pat Thomas worked two scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one base runner.

Whitman will take on Linfield in the final game of the series on Sunday at Borleske, beginning at noon.

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Sunday, April 13
Linfield 9, Whitman 2
Walla Walla, Wash.

The Whitman baseball team fell to Linfield College 9-2 in the series finale in Northwest Conference action at Borleske Stadium. The conference loss was the 14th straight for Whitman as it dropped to 3-20 on the season, 1-14 in NWC. Linfield is 13-15, 9-9.

Senior Ryan Nelson went two for four with a triple and one run scored for the Missionaries. Sean Kinney also went two for four and scored in the seventh inning for Whitman's only other run.

Blake Fisher, Brandon Nickerson, and Andrew Shultz also had hits for the Missionaries.

Freshman Adam Maldonado gave up eight hits and four earned runs before being relieved in the fifth inning by Matt Jungmann. Jungmann wen two innings, allowing two runs off three hits. Adam Dobrin pitched a scoreless inning and a third and Steve Johnson pitched the final inning for Whitman without allowing a run.

Linfield scored two in the first to take an early lead. Nelson's triple in the third and a two-out hit by Nickerson got Whitman on the board. The Wildcats scored once in the fourth, four times in the fifth, once in the sixth and once more in the seventh in extending their lead to 9-1. Fisher knocked Kinney in the Whitman's half of the eighth in the final run of the game.

The Missionaries travel to Pacific University next weekend for a three-game series before finishing the season at home against Pacific Lutheran.

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Friday, April 18
Pacific 12, Whitman 2
Forest Grove, Ore.

Pacific scored seven runs in the first inning, three of them coming on slugger Ryan Joy's 12th home run of the season, en route to a 12-2 victory over Whitman Friday afternoon in Forest Grove, Ore. The two teams play a double header starting at noon Saturday.

Whitman took a short-lived 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Sean Kinney led off the game with a single, advanced to second on a ground-out and took third on a balk. With one out, Kinney scored on senior Blake Fisher's RBI-grounder to second base.

Whitman's only other run came in the fourth frame. After being hit by a pitch, senior Danny Richards moved around to third base on an error and wild pitch. Freshman Jordan Takaki then plated the run with a ground-out to shortstop.

The Missionaries managed just five hits against Pacific ace Derek Akimoto, who picked up his fourth victory of the season and second complete game. Freshman Drew Pearsall rapped a double for Whitman, while freshman Brandon Nickerson and sophomore Andrew Shultz had singles.

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Saturday, April 19
Pacific 6, Whitman 4
Pacific 18, Whitman 2
Forest Grove, Ore.

Whitman's Ryan Nelson and Spencer Fox pounded home runs, but Pacific rallied with three runs in its last two at-bats to down the Missionaries 6-4 in the first game of a Northwest Conference doubleheader Saturday in Forest Grove, Ore. The host Boxers then erupted for an 18-2 victory in the nightcap.

Nelson, one of the few seniors on Whitman's roster, stroked his third home run of the season, a two-run blast to right field, in the first inning of the opener.

Fox, a sophomore, ripped his first homer of the season in the fifth inning, giving the Missionaries a 3-2 lead. Whitman made it 4-2 with a single in the top of the sixth. Danny Richards reached on a fielding error, moved to second base on Blake Fisher's sacrifice bunt, took third on Nelson's fly ball to center field, and scored on freshman Drew Pearsall's single.

But the Boxers countered with a run in the bottom of the sixth, two more in the seventh and an insurance run in the eighth to pull out the victory.

Freshman Adam Maldonado hurled the first six innings for the Missionaries, scattering seven hits and giving up three runs, two of them earned. Nelson pitched the final two innings.

In game two, Pacific broke an early 1-1 deadlock by scoring 10 runs in the third frame. For the game, Pacific battered five Missionary pitchers for 18 hits and a handful of walks.

Freshman Jordan Takaki had two hits for Whitman in his only two plate appearances. Pearsall also had two hits and drew a base on balls. Sean Kinney had two hits as well in addition to an RBI-groundout in the third inning.

In the eighth inning, singles by Fisher, Takaki and Pearsall loaded the bases, setting the stage for freshman Brandon Nickerson's run-scoring fly ball to center field.

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Saturday, April 26
Pacific Lutheran 20, Whitman 5
Pacific Lutheran 12, Whitman 4
Walla Walla, Wash.

Senior Blake Fisher had three hits and a trio of Missionaries had two hits, but it was not enough as the Whitman fell to Pacific Lutheran University 20-5. The Lutes then took the nightcap 12-4, sending Whitman to its 19th straight conference loss. The Missionaries are 3-25 overall, 1-19 in Northwest Conference play. PLU improved to 10-24, 9-10.

Freshman Brandon Nickerson had three RBI's in the first game of the double-header, going two for four at the plate. Fisher's three hits came off of five plate appearances, and he also scored a run for the Missionaries. First-year player Drew Pearsall continued to hit the ball well, reaching base safely twice in four attempts while driving in one run. Senior Ryan Nelson had two singles during the game and scored a run.

Pat Thomas took the loss for Whitman, working five innings. Thomas allowed seven hits and walked eight while striking out two.

The Lutes didn't let off in the second game, pounding 15 hits enroute to a 12-4 victory. Sean Kinney went three for five with two doubles. He and Fisher each had two RBI's, but the Missionaries produced little beyond that. Sophomore Andrew Shultz had two doubles, scoring once.

Ryan Nelson gave up nine runs in five and two-thirds, dropping to 1-7 on the year. Nelson walked three and struck out two.

Sunday's series finale begins at noon at Borleske Stadium.

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Sunday, April 27
Whitman 13, Pacific Lutheran 9
Walla Walla, Wash.

With five seniors playing their last game at Borleske Stadium, the Whitman baseball team jumped out to a 6-1 first-inning lead and held on for 13-9 Northwest Conference victory. The Missionaries ended a 19 game losing streak and are 4-25 overall, 2-19 in NWC. PLU is 10-25, 9-11.

Sophomore Sean Kinney and freshman Brandon Nickerson each homered in the first inning in which the Missionaries sent 11 batters to the plate. In the sixth, Whitman had four batters hit by pitches as it manufactured five runs with just three hits. Blake Fisher and Ryan Nelson both had RBI doubles in the inning.

Nelson went three for four, knocking in three and scoring twice. Fisher went two for five with 2 RBI's and two runs scored. Senior Danny Richards also had two hits, driving in one run. Jon Keefer had a single in the first inning as the four seniors combined went eight for 17 with six RBI's and six runs scored.

Senior Jake Jensen earned the victory, working seven and two-thirds innings. Jensen (2-7) struck out two and allowed nine runs for Whitman. Matt Jungmann pitched a scoreless inning and a third in getting the save.

Whitman faces the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma next weekend in its final three games of the season.

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Saturday, May 3
Puget Sound 12, Whitman 5
Puget Sound 10, Whitman 1
Tacoma, Wash.

An early 2-0 Whitman lead in the opener of a Northwest Conference twinbill disappeared in the later innings as Puget Sound rolled to a 12-5 victory in Tacoma Saturday. Two Logger pitchers then combined on a three-hitter as Puget Sound scored a 10-1 victory in the nightcap.

The two teams complete their weekend series -- and their seasons -- with a single game starting at noon Sunday.

Whitman, which dropped to 2-21 in the NWC, grabbed the lead in the opener on Ryan Nelson's two-run single in the top of the third inning. Singles by Spencer Fox and Sean Kinney, along with a base on balls by Danny Richards, set the table for Nelson.

Jake Jensen, starting on the mound for the Missionaries, held the Loggers in check for the first three innings. After Puget Sound evened the score with two runs in the fourth, the hosts took the lead for good with single run in the fifth frame.

The Loggers salted the game away with four runs in the sixth and five more in the seventh. Whitman plated three runs in the eighth inning. Singles by Blake Fisher and Drew Pearsall, plus a hit batter, loaded the bases for Jordan Takaki, who singled in one run. Two more runs scored on the play when Puget Sound's center fielder misplayed the ball.

Takaki, who served as Whitman's designated hitter for the second half of the contest, stroked in a double in his only other at-bat. Kinney also rapped a double for the Missionaries.

In game two, Whitman scored its lone run in the top of the fifth inning, and was within striking distance on the short end of a 4-1 score. But the Loggers added a run in the bottom of the fifth and then pulled away with four runs in the sixth inning.

Whitman's Brandon Nickerson opened the fifth inning with a single, moved to second base on Takaki's sacrifice bunt, and then scored on Kinney's single down the left-field line. Playing right field, Takaki had Whitman's only other hit in the game, a double. Takaki finished his day with three hits in four plate appearances.

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Sunday, May 4
Puget Sound 11, Whitman 1
Tacoma, Wash.

Whitman freshman Jordan Takaki clubbed his first collegiate home run to give the Missionaries an early 1-0 lead, but Puget Sound took over from there, rolling to a season-ending 11-1 victory Sunday afternoon in Tacoma.

With a total of 14 first- and second-year players on its 19-man roster, Whitman endured a long season, finishing at 4-28 overall and 2-22 in the Northwest Conference. Puget Sound broke even at 18-18 on the season, but finished a game under the .500 mark in conference play at 11-12.

Sophomore lead-off hitter Sean Kinney had two of Whitman's six hits in Sunday's game to win his second team batting title in two seasons. Kinney, who bats left-handed, finished with a .328 batting average, just under his .331 average from a year ago. He also led the Missionaries this season in hits (42), runs scored (38), doubles (9), total bases (58), and stolen bases (10), as well as in on-base and slugging percentages.

Takaki ripped his home run in Sunday's second inning to give Whitman a short-lived 1-0 lead. After responding with two runs in bottom of the second, the Loggers pulled away with two runs in the third, two in the fifth, and five in the sixth.

Jake Jensen, one of Whitman's starting pitchers, got his only at-bat of the season late in the game, collecting a single.

Other Missionaries who finished above the .300 mark in batting averages were freshman Drew Pearsall, who finished at .311, and senior Blake Fisher, who hit .304 for the second time in three seasons. Fisher, who hit .310 as a freshman, led Whitman in RBI this season with 23.

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