Whittier Rallies Past Whitman for 6-5 Arizona Baseball Victory
News Release Date:
Friday, February 17
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whittier College scored single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to rally past Whitman College 6-5 in a Friday morning baseball game at the NCAA Division III Arizona Desert Classic in the Phoenix, Ariz., area.
Whitman, which dropped a close decision to Concordia (Texas) on Thursday, slipped to 0-6 on the season.
Whitman out-hit Whittier 10-7 but also committed four errors that opened the gate to four unearned runs.
After touching Whitman starter Jake Nelson for a run in the first, the Poets tacked on three unearned in the third inning. A two-out infield error, followed by a bases on balls and wild pitch, led to a two-run single to right field. An RBI-double made it 4-0.
Whitman cut its deficit in half with two runs in the top of the fourth.
Sophomore Aaron Cohen singled and later scored when sophomore Chris Konolige ripped a two-out double down the left-field line. Freshman MacLean Harned then slapped another run-scoring double into the same spot.
The Missionaries grabbed a 5-4 lead with three runs in the top of the fifth.
With one out, sophomore Jimmy Madden walked and scooted to third base on a double by sophomore Cameron Young. Cohen singled in one run and took second base on the throw home. Freshman Peter Valentine then rapped a two-run single up the middle.
Whittier pulled even with another unearned run in the bottom of the seventh. The Poets scored on a one-out walk, infield error and double into left field.
A second Whittier runner tried to score on the but was called out and ejected from the game after he bowled over Harned, Whitman's catcher, at the plate.
NCAA rules dictate that runners in such situations at the plate slide or try to avoid a collision with the catcher.
Whitman loaded the bases with one out in the top of the eighth inning but was unable to push across a run. After Konolige singled and sophomore Kyle Moyes reached on catcher's interference, sophomore Chris Andrews drew a base on balls to fill the sacks with Missionaries.
The threat ended with a strike-out and a ground-out, and Whittier capitalized in the bottom of the eighth. With a runner on third and two outs, an infield single up the middle gave the Poets what proved to be the winning run.
Young, Whitman's shortstop, made a diving stop on the infield hit but was unable to recover in time to get the out at first base.
Nelson, the only senior on a young Whitman roster, scattered six hits and four walks while striking out six in seven innings of work.
Cohen, who homered against Concordia on Thursday, had three hits and stolen base against Whittier. Young and Konolige had two hits apiece. Harned, Valentine and Andrews each had a hit.
Whittier, now 3-4 to start its season, picked up one of its earlier victories against Chapman, which started the season with a No. 2 national ranking in NCAA Division III.
Whitman has two games left on its Arizona road swing, playing Cal Lutheran at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sul Ross State at 10 a.m. Sunday.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org