Whits Give Up 10 Runs in Eighth, Lose in Rainy Tacoma
News Release Date:
Saturday, March 10
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Pacific Lutheran tallied eight runs in the first two innings and then broke it open with a 10-run eighth inning to pin an 18-3 Northwest Conference baseball loss on Whitman College Saturday afternoon.
The game, played through rain shows, was supposed to be first of two Saturday games.
Instead, the two teams will try to finish their three-game weekend series with a Sunday twinbill, starting at 11 a.m.
Saturday's loss dropped Whitman to 2-2 in the NWC and 2-14 overall. The Lutes improved to 3-1 in conference and 8-5 on the season.
Whitman made a stab at getting back into the game by scoring all three of its runs in the seventh inning, trimming its deficit at the time to 8-3.
Jimmy Madden, who triggered the mini-rally with a lead-off single, scored the first run when Cameron Young doubled and moved to third on a Pacific Lutheran throwing error.
One out later, Kyle Moyes doubled home a run and scored on a Chris Konolige ground-out.
Whitman failed to score in the eighth despite two singles (Madden, Aaron Cohen) and a base on balls (Moyes). The Lutes stayed on top of the inning by turning a 6-3 double play.
In the ninth, Whitman loaded the bases on singles by Chris Andrews and Jonny Chow, followed by a Peter Valentine walk. The Missionary last gasp, however, ended with a fly ball to center and a strike-out.
The Lutes pounded out a total of 17 hits, nine of them coming in their big eighth inning. Whitman finished with 11 hits -- two each by Chow, Madden, Cohen, Moyes and Andrews. Moyes also drew two walks.
Freshman Will Thompson, the second of four Whitman pitchers, tossed five innings, striking out eight. He gave up five runs, three of them unearned, on five hits.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org