Whitman Baseball Nine Falls by One in Ten
News Release Date:
Saturday, February 26
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- After scoring a total of 14 runs in the seventh and eighth innings, Whitman College was unable to hold a pair of late leads and dropped a 16-15 baseball decision in 10 innings to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) Saturday afternoon in Claremont, Calif.
CMS evened its season record at 5-5. Whitman slipped to 0-9.
The Missionaries, who had a scheduled game against Pomona-Pitzer rained out earlier in the day, fell behind 9-0 before erupting for eight runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Freshman Cam Young, who singled and scored early in the Whitman seventh, added a two-run double later in the frame.
Senior Jay Richards, who was hit by a pitch to start the big inning, smacked a run-scoring double in his second trip to the plate in the seventh.
Senior Erik Korsmo contributed a two-run double and freshman Kyle Buckham singled home two runners. Freshman Jimmy Madden also had a run-scoring single.
After the Stags scored twice in the bottom of the seventh for an 11-8 advantage, Whitman vaulted into a 14-11 lead with six more runs in the top of the eighth.
Freshman Aaron Cohen doubled home two runs to trigger the six-run eighth. Richards singled home a third run and Young's two-run triple capped the inning.
CMS countered with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to forge a 14-14 deadlock.
Whitman took a 15-14 lead with a run in the top of the 10th. Richards led off a double, moved to third base on a ground-out and then scored on a wild pitch.
With sophomore Justin Weeks on the mound for Whitman, the first two CMS batters struck out in the bottom of the 10th, although the second hitter reached first base after he waved at a strike three that eluded the catcher and was scored a wild pitch.
A double and two singles then pushed across two runs to win the game for the Sagehens.
Richards finished with four hits and four runs scored for Whitman. He also was hit by a pitch and knocked in two runs.
Young hit for three-fourths of the cycle with a triple, double and single, knocking in four runs.
Korsmo had two hits, including a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Freshman Kyle Moyes reached base four times with two hits and two walks.
Cohen started on the mound and went five innings. Two more freshmen, Dakota Matherly and Sterling Spilinek, tossed the next two and one-third innings before Weeks finished up.
Whitman has games slated for Sunday, weather permitting, against CMS and Pomona-Pitzer.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org