Comets Streak Past Young Baseball Whits
News Release Date:
Thursday, February 10
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With seven freshmen in the line-up and a sophomore on the mound, Whitman College was no match for a veteran University of Texas-Dallas team in Thursday's season-opening baseball game for both schools at the Arizona Desert Classic in Anthem, Ariz.
UT-Dallas, which has averaged 24 victories a year over the past nine seasons, scored four times in the fourth inning and rolled to an 11-1 victory.
With six seniors and two juniors in their batting order, the Comets banged out 16 hits against three Whitman pitchers. The onslaught included nine doubles.
Senior Marvin Prestridge, the ace of the UT-Dallas pitching staff, tossed the first five innings, giving up just three hits and one unearned run.
Whitman plated its only run in the fourth inning. Freshman Aaron Cohen singled and took second when the ball was misplayed in center field. Cohen moved to third base when freshman Casey Minnick grounded out to second and then scored on a passed ball.
Freshman Jimmy Madden, hitting in the lead-off spot for Whitman, rapped two singles in four trips to the plate.
With UT-Dallas leading 2-0 in the bottom of the third, freshman Chris Andrews drew a one-out base on balls and Madden singled to give the Missionaries a pair of base runners. A ground-out moved both runners into scoring position, but a strike-out ended the threat.
After stranding two more runners in the sixth inning, Whitman managed two more hits late in the game.
Senior Jay Richards singled to lead off the eighth but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.
After Minnick smacked a double to start the ninth, pinch-runner Chris Konolidge, another of Whitman's freshmen, was left stranded by an infield pop fly and two game-ending strike-outs.
Sophomore Brett Lambert, who started on the mound for Whitman, was touched for a run on one hit in the first inning. Jason Diemer stroked a one-out double, advanced to third base on a wild pitch and scored on a ground-out.
Lambert faced just three batters in the second frame, giving up a single that was erased when freshman shortstop Cam Young started a double play for the Missionaries.
With Lambert experiencing shoulder stiffness, freshman Dakota Matherly took over in the third and pitched into the fifth inning. Matherly struck out four but also surrendered four earned runs. Sophomore Justin Weeks tossed the final four-plus innings, giving up two earned runs.
Four Whitman errors handed the Comets a total of four unearned runs.
"Dakota and Justin did a pretty good job on the mound, but we did a poor job executing, both offensively and defensively," Whitman coach Jared Holowaty said. "UT-Dallas is a solid team that executed better than we did.
"The guys are disappointed but ready to get back to it tomorrow."
Whitman plays California's University of La Verne at 2 p.m. Friday. La Verne saw its early season record fall to 0-3 Thursday with a 2-1 loss to Linfield.
The Missionaries also have games slated for Saturday and Sunday.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org