Pirates Overcome Moyes Grand Slam, Sweep NWC Twinbill
News Release Date:
Saturday, April 28
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman's Kyle Moyes slammed a game-tying, seventh-inning grand slam home run in Saturday's opener, but Whitworth recovered for a 7-4 victory and then rode that momentum to a 13-2 rout in the nightcap of a Northwest Conference twinbill in Spokane, Wash.
Whitworth's doubleheader sweep pulled the Pirates into a first-place tie with Pacific with one game left in the regular season. Both teams are 18-5 in the NWC headed to Sunday's season finales.
Whitworth hosts Whitman at noon Sunday while Pacific finishes at Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma, Wash.
Pacific and Pacific Lutheran split their Saturday twinbill, which left the Lutes with a 16-7 conference record, ending their title hopes.
If both Whitworth and Pacific win on the Sunday, they would share the NWC title while the Pirates would get the NWC's automatic berth in the NCAA DIII post-season.
The Pirates have the tie-breaker because they took two of three games from Pacific earlier in the season.
Game One: Whitworth 7, Whitman 4
Trailing 4-0 in the top of the seventh, Whitman got its offense untracked with four Missionary sophomores doing all the damage.
After Chris Konolige was hit by a pitch and Cam Young and Jimmy Madden singled to right, Kyle Moyes launched his seventh home run of the season over the fence in center.
Whitworth starter Dan Schiebe, who had yet to record an out in the inning, slipped a little deeper into the ropes when sophomore Aaron Cohen doubled to left. Freshman Peter Valentine followed by flying out to left, which allowed Cohen to tag and move to third.
With the infield drawn in, a ground ball to first base gave the Pirates a second out while keeping Cohen at third. Schiebe then ended the inning with a strike-out.
The 4-4 deadlock didn't last long. With one out in the bottom of the seventh, a single through the right side and an infield hit set the stage for Whitworth's Tyler Pfeffer, who drilled a two-run double into the left-center gap. Landon Scott's RBI-single made it 7-4 and knocked Whitman's starter, junior Justin Weeks, out of the game.
Weeks had limited the Pirates to seven hits over the first six innings. Five of those hits came in the second inning, when two Missionary defensive errors helped Whitworth score its first four runs.
Freshman Griffin Sutich got the final outs for Whitman, striking out two.
Schiebe went the distance on the mound for the Pirates, notching his fifth win of the season while fanning 11 and giving up seven hits.
Moyes had two of Whitman's hits. His seven home runs this season is the most for a Whitman player since Kyle Carothers belted 11 in 2002.
Freshman Jonny Chow also reached twice for the Missionaries, leading off the game with a single and drawing a base on balls in the eighth.
Game One: Whitworth 13, Whitman 2
Whitworth got the early jump in game two, adding three hits to a pair of walks and a hit-batter to score two runs in the bottom of the first.
Whitman made it 2-1 with a run in the top the second. Madden led off with single, moved to second when Moyes singled to left and then scored on a Whitworth throwing error.
Freshman Eli Mathieu drew a two-out walk later in the inning to load the bases, but the Missionaries were unable to plate another run.
After Whitworth extended its lead to 4-1, Whitman threatened in the top of the sixth, putting its first three hitters on board. Moyes singled, Cohen walked and sophomore Kyle Buckham loaded the bases with a bunt single.
But Pirate starter Carson Blumenthal struck out the next hitter, got the next batter to ground into a force-out at home, and then ended the inning with another strike-out.
The Pirates pulled away from there, scoring three runs in sixth and six more runs in the seventh and eighth frames.
Whitman notched its second run in the top of the ninth with a string of three singles by freshman MacLean Harned, Mathieu and Konolige.
The Missionaries finished with nine hits getting two each from Madden, Moyes and Harned.
The losses dropped Whitman to 5-18 in the NWC.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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