Korsmo, Tolleson Homer, Whits Fall Short

News Release Date:
Sunday, February 28

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Erik Korsmo and Eric Tolleson cracked their first home runs of the season, but Linfield bolted to a 6-0 lead after three innings and held off Whitman College for an 11-4 baseball victory Sunday morning at the Jim Doran Classic in McMinnville, Ore.

Linfield, the tournament host, improved to 8-4 on the season, banging out 13 hits and taking advantage of five walks and two Whitman errors.

Eric Tolleson
Eric Korsmo

With the Wildcats ahead 6-0, Whitman got its offense untracked in the bottom of the fourth.

After Tolleson smacked a one-out solo shot over the left-field fence, Korsmo singled, moved to second base on a Blaine Mercado walk and scored when Jason Sease rapped a run-scoring single to right.

After Joe Rodhouse followed with a single through the left side of the infield to load the bases, Whitman hit into some bad luck when freshman Justin Weeks lined out to second base. A strike-out then left the bases loaded with Missionaries.

Linfield had extended its lead to 11-2 by the time Whitman scored its last two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Tolleson singled to center and scored ahead of Korsmo's home run to left field.

Tolleson, Korsmo and Sease had two hits apiece for Whitman. Tolleson and Sease also drew walks. 

Korsmo also started on the mound and pitched into the seventh inning. Freshman John Nortz finished the game on the hill for the Missionaries.

After the game, Whitman stayed on the field to play its final tournament game against Puget Sound (see separate game summary).

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu