Whit Baseball Rally Falls Short vs. Tornados
News Release Date:
Saturday, February 12
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With sophomore Justin Weeks throwing five-plus innings of four-hit ball, Whitman College came within one or two big hits of bouncing all the way back from a 10-run baseball deficit Saturday afternoon against Concordia University (Texas) at the Arizona Desert Classic in Anthem, Ariz.
The Tornados, now 3-2 on the season, held off Whitman for a 10-6 victory. The loss dropped the Missionaries to 0-3.
Concordia, which returns six starters and 16 letterwinners from a year ago, jumped in front 10-0 over the first four innings.
Weeks, who pitched four and one-third innings in Thursday's season opener against the University of Texas-Dallas, came out of the Missionary bullpen with one out in the fourth.
After giving up a hit to his first official batter, Weeks shut down the Tornados the rest of the way on three hits and a base on balls. He struck out two and hit two batters.
With seven freshmen and two seniors in its line-up, Whitman started its comeback at the plate in the bottom of the fifth.
With two outs, freshman Jimmy Madden was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by senior Jay Richards. Freshman Cam Young singled and moved to second base on a throwing error as Richards scored.
Freshman Casey Minnick then doubled home Young to trim Whitman's deficit to 10-3. Senior Erik Korsmo drew a walk, but a fy ball ended the inning.
Freshman C.J. Pentland led off the Whitman sixth with a double. With one out, he moved to third base on a wild pitch but was left stranded.
Singles by Richards, Minnick and freshman Kyle Moyes loaded the bases with Missionaries in the bottom of the seventh. After Pentland coaxed an RBI-walk, freshman Kyle Buckham rapped a two-run double, cutting Concordia's lead to 10-6.
Freshman Jonny Lari drew another walk to reload the bases, but a fly-ball out ended the threat.
Minnick and Korsmo accepted two more free passes in the eighth, but the big hit again eluded the Missionaries.
Whitman rapped two more hits in the ninth. After Pentland's lead-off single was erased on a double-play ball, freshman Aaron Cohen kept Missionary hopes alive with a single.
But Scott Weinshenk, who tossed the last two innings for Concordia, got the final out on a fly ball to nail down the victory.
Whitman collected a total of 12 hits in the game, getting two each from Richards, Minnick, Moyes and Pentland. Korsmo had two of six Whitman base on balls.
After committing a handful of errors in Friday's game, the Missionaries were guilty of just one miscue on Saturday.
The Missionaries play their final game at the Arizona tournament 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; email@example.com