Five Errors Scuttle Baseball Whits in Arizona
News Release Date:
Friday, February 11
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The University of La Verne took advantage of five errors to score 10 runs in the fifth and sixth innings to break open a close baseball game and cruised past Whitman 20-6 Friday afternoon at the Arizona Desert Classic in Anthem, Ariz.
The Leopards, now 1-3 on the season, ripped 16 hits and got two home runs from freshman Brian Tuttle, one of them a grand slam.
Cam Young, one of six freshmen starting for Whitman, belted his first college home run -- a solo shot in the second inning -- to cut the early Missionary deficit to 2-1.
Freshman Jimmy Madden singled with two outs in the Whitman fifth, advanced to second on a wild pitch and later scored on an RBI-single off the bat of senior Erik Korsmo. That run kept the Missionaries close at 4-2.
La Verne, which was 22-18 last season, stretched its lead to 7-2 with three runs on two hits and two errors in the bottom of the fifth.
Whitman, off to an 0-2 start this season, drew a little closer with a single run in the top of the sixth. Freshman Casey Minnick led off with a double and scored when freshman C.J. Pentland singled to right field.
La Verne's first three batters in the bottom of the sixth reached base on errors, setting the stage for a seven-run inning. Tuttle's grand slam highlighted the Leopard scoring spree.
Whitman's most productive inning at the plate came in the eighth. Young ripped a single and scored when freshman Kyle Moyes singled and the ball was misplayed in center field. Pentland tripled home Moyes and then scored when freshman Chris Konolidge doubled down the left-field line.
Whitman finished with 11 hits, getting two apiece from Korsmo, Young and Pentland.
Junior Jake Nelson started on the mound for Whitman and pitched into the fifth inning when two errors opened the door for La Verne. Freshman Sterling Spilinek tossed the next two innings but was victimized by his team's three errors in the sixth.
Junior Tyler Grisdale and Madden finished the last two innings on the hill for Whitman.
Whitman plays Concordia (Texas) at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Missionaries play a final tournament game at 10 a.m. Sunday against Cal Lutheran.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org