Whit Baseball Drops Two to Ranked Foe
News Release Date:
Friday, February 18
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A young Whitman College baseball team pounded out its share of hits but came up short in both ends of a Friday twinbill, losing 15-9 and 9-1 to College of Idaho a chilly Borleske Field.
Morning snow flurries delayed the start of game one until 2 p.m. Game two was limited to seven innings but was still played mostly under the lights.
Kyle Moyes, one of seven freshmen Whitman position players in game one, clubbed his first college home run -- a solo shot to left-center field -- in the sixth inning and senior Erik Korsmo crushed a monster two-run shot down the left-field line in the seventh.
The Missionaries collected a total of 10 hits in the opener but also left 13 runners stranded on base and couldn't keep pace with the College of Idaho's 15-hit attack.
Both teams had seven hits in the nightcap, although the Coyotes also benefited from five walks, three Whitman errors and seven stolen bases.
College of Idaho, ranked No. 21 nationally in the NAIA, improved its early season record to 3-4. The Coyotes had dropped their three previous games by two or fewer runs.
Friday's two losses left Whitman at 0-6. The same two teams play two more games on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. at Borleske.
Game One Recap . . .
Sophomore Justin Weeks started on the mound for Whitman and retired the first six batters he faced. The Coyotes struck for a run in the third after Jesse Dodd's line drive to left field was nearly caught but fell for a double. Dodd took third on a bunt single and scored on a sacrifice fly.
A soft infield single to open the Idaho fourth inning paved the way for three runs.
After hard line drives by Whitman freshmen Casey Minnick and C.J. Pentland were caught in center field in the first and third innings, the Missionaries picked up their first hit and run in the bottom of the fourth.
Senior Jay Richards led off with a base on balls and took second when Minnick smacked a one-out single up the middle. After Korsmo's long fly ball was caught at the left-center field wall for a second out, Moyes knocked an RBI-single into left. Freshman Aaron Cohen then lined out to second base to end the inning.
The Coyotes broke it open with a five-run fifth. An infield error and single set the stage for Kyle Douglas, who drove a ball over the left-field fence. A hit-batsman, single and two-out, two-run double gave the visitors a 9-1 lead.
Whitman narrowed the gap with two runs in its half of the fifth. Pentland drew a walk and freshmen Kyle Buckham and Jimmy Madden were hit by pitches to load the bases and force a pitching change. Richards drew another base on balls to force home one run and Minnick's ground-out scored another.
Moyes led off the Whitman sixth with his home run, cutting the Missionary deficit to 10-4.
Weeks pitched into the top of seventh, getting two quick outs before two hits and a walk ended his outing.
Whitman added three more runs in the bottom of the seventh, drawing to within 12-7 on the scoreboard. After freshman Cam Young doubled into the right-field corner and Minnick lined out to the pitcher, Korsmo drove his first home run of the season high over the left-field foul pole.
Cohen followed with a double to right field, moved to third on Pentland's infield single and scored on a wild pitch.
The Coyotes tacked on their final three runs in the eighth inning with the help of two Whitman errors.
Whitman countered with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. After Cohen reached on an error and Pentland walked, Buckham slapped an RBI-single to left.
Madden drew another walk to load the bases, and Pentland scampered home on a passed ball. Richards also walked, reloading the bases, but a fly ball to shallow center and an infield double-play ball ended the threat.
Richards drew walks in five of his six plate appearances. Moyes and Cohen finished with two hits apiece.
Game Two Recap . . .
The two teams traded single runs in the first inning of the nightcap.
A lead-off triple and sacrifice fly gave the Coyotes their first run. Madden singled to lead off the Whitman first, scooted to third on a Richards single and scored on a fielder's choice.
Idaho took the lead for good in the second, scoring twice on just one hit. Two wild pitches and a passed ball, along with a hit-batter and infield error, added to the inning.
The Coyotes plated another unearned run in fourth and made it 6-1 with two runs in the fifth.
Whitman threatened in the fifth, getting two-out singles from freshman Chris Andrews and Madden, but a strike-out ended the inning.
With two outs in sixth, Korsmo tripled to center. An infield out left him stranded.
Madden, Richards and Andrews finished with two hits each in game two.
Idaho starter Bobby Wassman threw seven innings, scattering seven hits while fanning nine.
Freshman Tristan Gavin pitched into the fifth inning for Whitman, giving up four earned runs on six hits and five walks. Sterling Spilinek, also a freshman, finished the game on the mound, allowing just one earned run on one hit.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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