Whit Freshman Hits Way to Second NWC Weekly Baseball Award

News Release Date:
Wednesday, April 4, 2012



WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- For the second time this baseball season, Whitman College freshman Peter Valentine has been named Northwest Conference Player of the Week for position players.

Valentine, a first baseman, hit .615 with eight hits in 13 official at-bats as Whitman took two of three games last weekend from Lewis & Clark in Borleske Stadium.

He collected four hits, including a triple and double, in four plate appearances in the first game of the series.

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 That's Peter Valentine,
who had few at-bats
of an unproductive nature
last weekend as Whitman
won two of three games

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He contributed two more productive at-bats to start game two, drawing a walk, stealing third base and scoring on a wild pitch in the first inning. His RBI-groundball to short plated Whitman's second run in the third inning.

After Lewis & Clark rallied for a 4-2 lead, Valentine regained the upper hand for Whitman with a towering three-run home run to deep left-center field in the fifth inning. Then, with the score tied at 5-5 in the seventh inning, Valentine singled and scored the go-ahead run.

He stayed hot to start the third game, stroking two singles and drawing a base on balls in his first three trips to the plate, helping the Missionaries jump to an early 4-1 lead.

Valentine spent all but one inning of the three games at first base, handling 27 put-outs without an error. He pitched the last inning of Sunday's victory, getting the final three outs without giving up a hit.

Valentine's contributions to the offense in the weekend series included six RBI, six runs scored and a 1.077 slugging percentage.

His first NWC weekly award this season came in late February after he hit .368 in four games against ninth-ranked Eastern Connecticut, driving in eight runs with three doubles and a triple.

Valentine leads Whitman in extra-base hits this spring with eight doubles, two triples and three home runs. He is second on the team in RBI with 19, trailing sophomore teammate Aaron Cohen by one.

With 27 hits apiece, Valentine and Cohen are second on the club in that category, trailing only sophomore Cam Young, who has 31 hits.

Whitman returns to NWC action later this week, traveling to Forest Grove, Ore., to play Pacific.

Friday's twinbill, which starts at noon, will be followed by game three at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu