Panthers Pounce Late in 8-1 Baseball Victory Over Whitman
News Release Date:
Sunday, April 22
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Chapman scored five runs, four of them unearned, in the eighth inning to break open a close game and slip past Whitman College 8-1 in a Sunday afternoon non-conference baseball game in Orange, Calif.
Chapman, the runner-up in last year's NCAA Division III national championship game, jumped in front with two runs on three hits in the bottom of the first.
Whitman cut its deficit to 2-1 in the top of the third when sophomore Chris Konolige led off with a single, moved to third on a Chapman throwing error and scored on an RBI-groundout by freshman Jonny Chow.
Meanwhile, freshman starter Spencer Hobson blanked the Panthers on two hits over the next three innings to keep Whitman close.
After Chapman made it 3-1 with a run in the bottom of the fifth, Whitman put two runners aboard in the top of the sixth when Kyle Buckham singled and Cam Young reached an a throwing error.
But starter Kevin Osaki, who tossed eight innings to get the win for Chapman, fanned the next hitter to end the Missionary threat.
Sophomore Dakota Matherly took over on the mound for Hobson in the seventh and came within one hit and one Whitman fielding error of sending the game to the ninth with Chapman clinging to a 3-1 lead.
After giving up a single and stolen base in the bottom of the eighth, Matherly struck out the next two hitters before yielding an RBI-single, giving the Panthers a 4-1 cushion.
The inning should have ended there, but a fielding error in center field opened the gates four more runs, all of them unearned.
Down 8-1 in the ninth, sophomore Aaron Cohen drew a one-out walk and moved up a base when freshman Peter Valentine beat out an infield single. But the inning, and the game, ended when the Chapman infield turned a doubleplay.
Whitman concludes its season next weekend with three Northwest Conference games against Whitworth in Spokane.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org