Moyes, Madden Power Baseball Victory, Weeks Gets Win; Bearcats Rally for 6-3 Victory in Saturday's Game Two
News Release Date:
Saturday, April 14
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Willamette was leading the Northwest Conference in home runs headed into Saturday's first game at Borleske Stadium, but it was Whitman College uncorking the long ball en route to a 4-2 Northwest Conference baseball victory.
Willamette rallied in the nightcap, overcoming an early 2-1 deficit to win 6-3. The two teams complete their weekend series with a single game at noon Sunday.
Game One: Whitman 4, Willamette 2
Sophomore Kyles Moyes clubbed a pair of home runs, boosting his season total to six, while sophomore Jimmy Madden drilled his first collegiate round-tripper to power Whitman to its game-one victory.
Junior Justin Weeks got the pitching win for the Missionaries, holding the Bearcats to two runs -- one of them unearned -- on seven hits through seven innings.
Sophomore Brett Lambert tossed the last two innings for Whitman, fanning three to notch his third save of the season.
After Weeks worked himself out of trouble in the first two innings, stranding runners at second and third in both cases, Moyes led off the bottom of the second with a towering home run over the scoreboard in left.
Willamette made it 1-1 with an unearned run in the top of the fourth, but Madden countered in the fifth inning with an impressive line-drive home run to straight-away right field.
The solo shot, Madden's first as a collegian, was just the second round-tripper this spring to clear the fence in that general area.
The Bearcats regained the lead at 3-2 when Tiras Koon belted a lead-off triple in the sixth and scored on a Dylan Summers single.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, freshman Peter Valentine was hit by a pitch before Moyes crushed a two-run shot over the left-center fence to put the Missionaries back on top for good.
Weeks, who struck out four and walked just one batter, gave way to Lambert in the top of eighth. After Moyes got the first out with a nice running catch down the left-field line, Lambert tossed called third strikes past the next two hitters.
Lewis & Clark threatened in the top of the ninht when Summers drilled a lead-off double to center. But after Tosh Semlacher lined out to center, Lambert struck out the next batter and got a fly ball to right to wrap up the victory.
Both Moyes and freshman catcher MacLean Harned had two hits for Whitman while Summers and Hunter Gallant had two hits each for the Bearcats.
Brandon Simon started on the mound for Willamette and went seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.
Game Two: Willamette 6, Whitman 3
Two freshmen, Will Thompson for Whitman and T.J. Whidby for Willamette, locked horns on the mound in game two.
The Bearcats scored first, getting a run in the second when Koon walked and Gallant doubled ahead of Ben Peterson's RBI-single to left.
Whitman jumped in front 2-1 in the third when sophomores Kyle Buckham (single) and Cam Young (base on balls) came scampering home on Valentine's double into the left-center field gap.
Thompson, after holding Willamette in check on four hits through five innings, tired in the sixth. Tommy Kawamura's triple, followed by one-out doubles by Mitchell Rowan and Summers, staked the Bearcats to a 3-2 lead and ended Thompson's outing.
Freshman Spencer Hobson came out of the bullpen to get the next two outs, keeping Whitman's deficit at one run.
Sophomore Aaron Cohen shot a double into left-center to start the Whitman sixth, but Whidby fanned two of the next three hitters to keep his lead intact.
Willamette added to its lead with two runs on one hit in the seventh. The Bearcats moved two runners into scoring position with a hit-batter, walk and double steal, and Giza capitalized with a two-out, two-run single to left.
Whitman got one of those runs back in the bottom of the seventh. After Buckham drew a one-out walk, reliever Zach Holcomb replaced Whidby on the mound and was greeted by Young's double down the right-field line.
Valentine singled home one run, trimming Willamette's lead to 5-3, but Holcomb got out of the inning without further damage.
The Bearcats scratched out another run in the eighth on a base on balls, sacrifice bunt and Peterson's two-out single through the right side.
After Holcomb worked around a Willamette error in the bottom of the eighth, Ryan Smith pitched the ninth for the Bearcats to get the save. After fanning the first hitter he faced, Smith watched his infielders make a pair of diving stops to get the last two outs.
Whidby got the pitching victory for Willamette, scattering four hits and five walks. Petersen finished with three hits while Tosh Semlacher reached base four times with two hits and two walks.
Valentine pitched the last two and two-third innings for Whitman, giving up a run on one hit while striking out three.
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Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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