Bats Fall Silent as Whits Drop Baseball Doubleheader
News Release Date:
Friday, April 6
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With its bats falling silent, Whitman College dropped 5-0 and 9-2 baseball decisions to Pacific on Friday in Forest Grove, Ore.
Winning its eighth and ninth straight games, Pacific strengthened its hold on first place in the Northwest Conference, improving to 12-2 in league play and 15-9 overall.
The losses dropped Whitman to 4-13 in the NWC and 4-25 on the season.
After Pacific dominated the opener behind Rob Dittrick's pitching gem, Whitman tried to rally in game two, scoring a pair of sixth-inning runs to draw within 4-2 on the scoreboard.
But the Boxers came right back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth and added three more runs in the next two innings to pull away.
The two teams return to Pacific's Chuck Bafaro Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday for a single game.
Game Two: Pacific 9, Whitman 2
Whitman threatened in the first inning in game two, getting singles by sophomores Kyle Buckham and Cam Young to put runners on first and third with just one out. But Pacific starter Mike McGuire left both runners stranded, getting the second out with an infield pop fly before retiring the side on a ground ball to third.
The Boxers inched ahead in bottom of the first, getting a run on an infield single, stolen base, ground-out and wild pitch. They added a second run, unearned, in the third on one hit and two Missionary throwing errors.
Whitman stranded two more runners in the top of the fourth. With one out, sophomore Aaron Cohen singled and moved to second when sophomore Kyle Moyes was hit by a pitch, but a fly to center and grounder to third again defused the Missionary scoring opportunity.
Pacific stretched its lead to 4-0 with two runs on three hits in the fifth.
Whitman sliced its deficit to 4-2 with a pair of two-out runs in the top of the sixth. After Cohen was hit with a pitch and Moyes singled to center, a wild pitch and Pacific fielding error sent one Missionary runner across the plate. Sophomore Jimmy Madden then singled in the second run.
Freshman Peter Valentine and sophomore Chris Konolige added singles to Whitman's seven-hit attack. Junior Justin Weeks started on the mound, surrendering three earned runs on six hits over five innings.
Game One: Pacific 5, Whitman 0
With Dittrick throwing a three-hit shutout, Pacific scored all the runs it needed in a three-run third inning. After one run scored on a one-out infield fielding error, Chad Fahey knocked a two-run double into the left-center gap.
The Boxers pushed across two more runs in the fifth, getting the second run on a balk call.
Whitman collected all three of its hits in the second and third innings.
Cohen, who led off the second with a single through the left side, was erased on a double play.
Freshmen MacLean Harned and Jonny Chow singled in the third inning, but Dittrick escaped from the mini-jam with a inning-ending strike-out.
Other than hitting three batters, Dittrick retired the Missionaries in order over the last six frames. He struck out five without giving up a walk, improving to 6-1 on the season.
Freshman Will Thompson, who started on the hill for Whitman, pitched into the seventh inning, giving up three earned runs on eight hits. He fanned four and walked one. Sophomore Dakota Matherly got the last five outs without giving up a hit.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com