Panther Pitching Staff Shuts Down Missionary Baseball Bats
News Release Date:
Saturday, April 21
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A young Whitman College baseball team ran into one of the nation's top pitchers early Saturday afternoon and then spent the rest of a non-conference doubleheader trying to get its offense untracked.
The Missionaries, facing Chapman University in Orange, Calif., dropped both end of the twinbill, 13-1 and 7-0, as the Panthers showed why they came within one victory last spring of an NCAA Division III national championship.
With two-time All-American Brian Rauh on the mound, Whitman got off to a promising start in the opener, getting a run on two hits in the top of the first.
Freshman Jonny Chow led off with a single, stole second base and scored when sophomore Jimmy Madden singled up the middle.
But Rauh, who entered Saturday's game with a 27-1 career record and 1.77 earned run average, took over from there, holding Whitman hitless over the next six innings.
Rauh struck out 15 while walking six before giving way to reliever Justin Hanks for the eighth and ninth innings. Rauh has now fanned 106 batters in 79 innings this season.
Meanwhile, Chapman erased Whitman's early lead with three runs on five hits in the bottom of the first. The Panthers then broke the game open with three runs in the fourth inning and four more in the sixth.
With two outs in the Whitman seventh, sophomores Chris Andrews and Jonny Lari drew walks, as did Chow to load the bases. But Rauh got the next hitter to fly out to right field to end the threat.
Travis McGee, who also averages more than one strike-out per inning for the Panthers, continued to stifle the Whitman bats in Saturday's second game. He mowed down 11 batters while giving up just four hits over seven innings.
Chapman pushed across all seven of its game-two runs in the second inning. Four of those runs were unearned due to a Whitman infield throwing error.
Madden, who doubled in the sixth inning, had one of four Whitman hits. The Missionaries also got hits from sophomore Cam Young and freshmen Peter Valentine and MacLean Harned.
The two teams play a third game game at 10 a.m. Sunday.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org