Whitman Drops NWC Baseball Opener 6-4
News Release Date:
Saturday, March 5
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College dropped a Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader to Puget Sound on Saturday in Tacoma, falling 6-4 in a nip-and-tuck game one before letting the Loggers take charge early in a 13-4 rout in the nightcap.
Whitman held the upper hand, and a 1-0 lead, through the first five innings of the opener.
The Missionaries plated the day's first run in the top of the third inning when first-year sophomore Chris Andrews led off with a single and later scored on a two-out RBI-double off the bat off freshman Cam Young.
Meanwhile, junior left-hander Jake Nelson blanked Puget Sound on two hits through five innings.
The Loggers threatened in the bottom of fourth, putting their two first batters on base via a hit-batter and walk.
After a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, Nelson left them stranded, getting the first out on a strike-out and the second on an infield pop fly. A fly ball to right field ended the inning with Whitman's 1-0 lead intact.
Nelson lost his control and his shutout in the bottom of the sixth. An infield single, base on balls and two wild pitches made it 1-1. After an RBI-single gave the Loggers a 2-1 lead, Nelson issued another walk and gave way to sophomore reliever Justin Weeks.
Weeks got two quick outs to end the Puget Sound sixth. He fanned three Loggers in the seventh to negate a walk, stolen base and Missionary throwing error.
Puget Sound extended its lead to 6-1 with four runs on four hits, two errors and two wild pitches.
Matt Robinson started on the mound for the Loggers and went eight innings, scattering six hits while striking out 12. Reliever Cameron Duvall took over in the ninth and came close to giving up the lead.
After freshmen Aaron Cohen and Kyle Buchham reached base on a single and walk, an outfield error gave the Missionaries one run. With two outs, senior Jay Richards smacked a two-run single to center, cutting Whitman's deficit to 6-4.
Young then drew a base on balls, moving Richards to second and putting the tieing run on first. But Duvall got the next hitter on an infield groundball to nail down the win for the Loggers.
Whitman and Puget Sound finished game one with eight hits apiece. Young, Cohen and Andrews collected two hits each for the Missionaries.
Whitman also grabbed the early lead in Saturday's second game.
Freshman Jimmy Madden singled and Richards walked to set the stage in the top of the first. Freshman Casey Minnick singled in one run, and freshmen Cal Moyes and C.J. Pentland drew back-to-back walks to force home a second run.
That ended pitcher Jeff Walton's start with after just two-thirds of an inning. Reliever Taylor Volz, facing a bases-loaded jam, got the next hitter on a ground-out to limit Whitman's early outburst.
Puget Sound got a run back in the bottom of the first when Dakota Resnik was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on a Chaz Kramer double.
The Loggers took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the second and then added four more tallies in the fourth inning.
Meanwhile, Volz held Whitman scoreless in innings two through six.
The Missionaries added two more runs in the seventh, trimming Puget Sound's lead to 10-4.
Whitman loaded the bases when Buckham and senior Erik Korsmo singled and Madden walked. After a passed ball scored one run and Richards singled in the second, Young drew another base on balls to reload the bases.
Nathan Aguiar relieved Volv and stemmed the tide with an inning-ending doubleplay ground ball.
The Loggers responded with three two-out runs in the bottom of the seventh to widen its lead.
Saturday's game were the NWC openers for both teams. The two losses dropped Whitman to 1-12 on the season. Puget Sound is 4-3 overall.
The two teams complete their three-game weekend series with a single game, starting at noon.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org