Sagehens Rally Past Whit Baseball Team
News Release Date:
Sunday, February 27
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College held leads of 4-2 and 5-4, but Pomona-Pitzer scored runs in the seventh and eighth innings to bag a 10-6 victory Sunday afternoon in Claremont, Calif.
Pomona-Pitzer, now 10-2 on the season, is the defending Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion. The loss dropped Whitman's record to 1-10.
Freshman Tristan Gavin started on the mound for Whitman and pitched into the fifth inning. He left with a 4-3 lead after giving up a one-out solo home run and a single.
With two outs in the inning, freshman reliever Sterling Spilinek picked Erik Munzer off first base, but the ball was misplayed for an error, allowing Munzer to reach second base. He then stole third base and scored on another error, squaring the game at 4-4.
Whitman moved back in front with a single run in the top of the sixth. First-year sophomore Chris Andrews plated the run with an RBI-single, but a second runner was thrown out at home.
Freshman Jimmy Madden followed with a single, and Pomona-Pitzer error loaded the bases with one out. A strike-out and ground-out left all three runners stranded.
The Sagehens took the lead for good with three runs in the seventh. All three runs scored with two outs.
The home team used two hits, two walks, hit-batter and Whitman error to add three more runs in the eighth.
Senior Erik Korsmo, who drew a base on balls to start the ninth, later scored on a single by freshman Aaron Cohen. Andrews poked his third single of the game into right field to load the bases, but a ground-out ended the game.
Whitman left a total of 13 runners stranded.
The Missionaries scored their first two runs in the first. After senior Jay Richards walked and freshman Cam Young singled, a balk moved the runners to second and third. Korsmo's ground-out knocked in one run, and freshman Casey Minnick doubled to drive home the second.
Whitman tacked on two more runs in the top of the third, extending its lead at the time to 4-1. After Richards singled and Korsmo walked, wild pitch put both runners in scoring position for freshman Kyle Moyes, who knocked a two-run single into right field.
Whitman travels to Tacoma, Wash., next Friday to open its Northwest Conference with a three-game series against Puget Sound.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org