Three-Run Third Lifts Warriors to 4-1 Baseball Win Over Whits

News Release Date:
Friday, February 24


WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- T.J. Larivee's two-out, two-run double capped a three-run third inning and lifted Eastern Connecticut State to a 4-1 baseball victory over Whitman College Friday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.

E. Connecticut 4,
  Whitman 1

Box Score

Whitman, which let a pair of scoring opportunities slip away in the first two innings, pushed across its only run in the fourth.

The Missionaries loaded the bases with one out when sophomores Chris Konolige and Kyle Moyes drew walks on either side of a single to right field by freshman Eli Mathieu.

Reliever Michael Pendergast took over for starter Jim Dimon, but Whitman freshman Peter Valentine walked on a full count to force home a run.

Sophomore Kyle Buckham, next up for Whitman, rapped a line drive that was caught in shallow center with the runner at third base tagging but staying put. Pendergast fanned the next hitter to keep the Warriors in front 3-1.

Justin Weeks

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Larivee plated an unearned insurance run for Eastern Connecticut in the eighth. After his sharp grounder kicked off the third baseman's glove for a two-base error, he moved to third on Drew Accomando's deep fly to center and then scored on Mike Vaccarelli's two-out single to left.

Junior Justin Weeks started on the mound for Whitman and went five and two-thirds innings, scattering six hits while striking out two and walking one.

After errors by the Missionary infield put Warriors on first and third in the top of the sixth, freshman Griffin Sutich relieved Weeks and snuffed out the threat with a called strike three.

Sutich sailed through the seventh, working around a lead-off infield hit. Sophomore Brett Lambert tossed the last two innings for Whitman, giving up just one hit and the unearned run.

Kyle Moyes

As well as Whitman's bullpen performed, the Eastern Connecticut relief corps was better.

After Pendergast pitched through the fifth, the Warriors got one inning of scoreless relief from four different hurlers -- Tyler Cyr, Matt Purnell, Michael Hepple and Evan Chamberlain.

That quartet combined to shut down the Missionaries on three hits over the final four frames. They didn't walk a batter and Purnell tossed called third strikes past each of the hitters he faced in his inning of work.

Pendergast got the pitching victory while the save went to Chamberlain.

Whitman threatened in the bottom of the first when sophomore Chris Andrews was nicked with a pitch and moved to second base on a single to right by sophomore Cam Young. A ground ball force-out at second base put Missionaries on first and third with two outs, but Dimon escaped the jam with a strike-out.

In the bottom of the second, Mathieu reached on an Eastern Connecticut error and advanced to second when Moyes walked with one out. The Missionaries came up empty when Valentine lined out to right field with the runner getting doubled off first.

Jan Holowaty, spouse of one coach and
of the other coach at Friday's
baseball game,
had the honors of
tossing the ceremonial first pitch.

With two outs in the Whitman sixth, Moyes doubled over the center fielder's head. He was left stranded when the next hitter popped out. 

Cohen reached on a bad-hop single in the Missionary eighth but was erased when the Warriors turned a 6-4-3 double play.

After Valentine doubled into the right-field corner with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Chamberlain got the game's final out with a ground ball to short.

Vaccarelli and Mitch Plourde set the stage for Eastern Connecticut three-run third inning with lead-off singles. When Brendan Lynch bunted through a pitch, Vaccarelli was caught in no-man's land between second and third.

As the catcher's throw headed to second, however, Vaccarelli broke for third, sliding in safely. Lynch then dumped a run-scoring double down the left-field line and later scored on Larivee's two-run double.

The loss dropped Whitman, a young squad with two dozen freshmen and sophomores on the roster, to 0-9 on the season.

Friday's game, the season opener for Eastern Connecticut, was the first of four slated between the two clubs. Weather permitting, a twinbill starts at noon Saturday with a single game to follow at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Eastern Connecticut, No. 9 in one NCAA Division III preseason poll, is coached by Bill Holowaty, now in his 44th season at the helm of the Warriors.

Holowaty's son, Jared Holowaty, is in his third year as Whitman's head coach.

Jan Holowaty, Bill's spouse and Jared's mom, threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game.

Eastern Connecticut coach Bill Holowaty (left) shares a handshake at home plate with his son,
Whitman coach Jared Holowaty, prior to Friday's baseball game at Borleske Stadium.

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