Whits Split Baseball Twinbill, Moyes Hits Two Homers
News Release Date:
Saturday, March 3
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- After cruising to a 7-1 victory in the opener, Whitman College fell just a bit short of a Northwest Conference doubleheader sweep on Saturday as Puget Sound held off the Missionaries for an 8-6 victory in the nightcap at Borleske Stadium.
Junior right-hander Justin Weeks tossed eight innings of six-hit ball in game one, which kicked off the NWC season for both clubs.
Alex Baugh nailed down game two for Puget Sound, getting the last two outs as Whitman left the bases loaded.
Sophomore Kyle Moyes had a banner day at the plate for Whitman, going four for seven with a home run in both games. Sophomore Kyle Buckham also homered in game one.
Weeks held the Loggers scoreless on four hits -- two of them infield singles -- through the first seven innings of the opener.
With Whitman up 7-0, Weeks lost his shutout bid in the top of the eighth, hitting a batter in the foot with one out before a bad-hop single to second set the table for Casey Coberly, who grounded an RBI-single through the left side.
Weeks finished the inning and gave way to freshman Spencer Hobson, who walked one in the ninth while getting the final three outs.
Whitman's offense turned to small ball in the bottom of the second inning to give Weeks a 3-0 cushion. After singles by sophomore Jimmy Madden, Moyes and sophomore Chris Konolige loaded the sacks, freshman Eli Mathieu knocked in a pair of runs with a single to center.
Sophomore Chris Andrews smacked a two-out single to center to tally the inning's third run.
Moyes was hit by a pitch in the Whitman fourth and eventually scored the fourth Missionary run on an Andrews ground-out to third.
Whitman extended its lead to 6-0 in the sixth when Madden walked and scored ahead of Moyes, who launched a towering shot over the left-field fence for his second home run of the season.
The Missionaries made it 7-0 when Buckham led off the bottom of the seventh with a bang, ripping a liner over the wall in left for his first home run of the spring.
In Saturday's second game, Whitman jumped in front with a pair of runs in the first.
Buckham reached on an error and moved to third when freshman Peter Valentine doubled down the right-field line. Sophomore Cam Young collected one RBI with a ground-out to third base, and sophomore Aaron Cohen got the other with a sacrifice fly to right.
Puget Sound evened the slate in the third with two runs on a Stephen Kelsey single and doubles by Connor Savage and Matt Cox. Whitman moved back in front 4-2 in the bottom of the frame when Buckham and Valentine reached on errors, stole a pair of bags and scored on Cohen's single to left-center.
Loggers turned the tables with a four-run fourth. Kelsey's single and a bases-loaded walk by Savage produced the first two runs. A two-out infield throwing error allowed two more runs to score, giving Puget Sound a 6-4 lead.
Savage's RBI-single followed by a botched pick-off play at first base helped lengthen the Logger lead to 8-4 in the top of the sixth.
Moyes got a run back in the bottom of the sixth when he crushed a long home run over the left-center field wall. The Missionaries then loaded the bases on an error and singles by Andrews and Buckham, but Valentine ripped a hard ground ball that the Puget Sound infield turned into an inning-ending double play.
Moyes and Konolige led off the Whitman eighth with singles, but the Loggers made a pair of nice infield plays to keep the Missionary deficit at 8-5 heading to the ninth.
Puget Sound starter Nathan Aguiar, who scattered nine Whitman hits over the first eight innings, gave way to reliever Steve Wagar in the bottom of the ninth.
Valentine fanned on a pitch in the dirt to start Whitman's final turn at bat, but the catcher tossed the put-out throw well over the first baseman's head, allowing Valentine to race into second base. Valentine took third on a wild pitch and scored on Young's ground-out, drawing Whitman to within 8-6 on the scoreboard.
The line kept moving as Cohen walked and Madden was hit by a pitch. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Moyes drew another walk to load the bases.
That brought Baugh in from the Logger bullpen. The senior right-hander got the second out on a foul pop to first base and then closed the door by striking out the next hitter with the count full.
Whitman, which played a challenging non-conference schedule, is now 1-13 on the season. The Loggers are 3-8-1 overall.
Whitman and Puget Sound complete their three-game weekend series with a single Sunday game, starting at noon at Borleske.
|Whitman's Justin Weeks delivers to the plate|
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com