Cohen's Grand Slam Not Enough for Whits
News Release Date:
Sunday, March 20
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College freshman Aaron Cohen smacked his first collegiate home run, a grand slam in the top of the first inning, but Linfield bounced back with four runs in the bottom of the inning and scored eight more times in the second en route to an 18-8 victory Sunday afternoon in McMinnville, Ore.
The loss dropped Whitman to 2-7 in the Northwest Conference and 3-17 overall.
Linfield remains atop the NWC with an 8-1 record (14-4 overall).
The Wildcats did the bulk of their scoring in the first three innings, bolting to a 17-5 lead.
Whitman added its fifth run in the top of second. Freshman Kyle Moyes was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a single by sophomore Chris Andrews and scored on an RBI ground-out by freshman Kyle Buckham.
The Missionaries plated two more runs in the fifth. Senior Jay Richards was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game, advanced to third base when freshman Cam Young singled, and later scored when senior Erik Korsmo singled to right.
Whitman got its second run of the inning when Cohen collected his fifth RBI of the game with a ground-out.
The Missionaries posted a final run in the sixth. Moyes walked, moved to second on a Buckham single and scored on Young's double.
Cohen, who came within one out of a complete-game pitching effort last Sunday against Lewis & Clark, started on the mound but ran into immediate trouble with the hard-hitting Wildcats bunched five hits into their four-run first inning.
Clayton Truex poked a grand-slam as Linfield took charge with eight runs in the second inning.
Young finished the game with two hits and was the only Missionary with more than one hit. Young scored two runs, as did Richards and Moyes.
Freshman Dakota Matherly threw the final two and one-third innings for Whitman, giving up just one hit and no runs while striking out three.
Whitman continues its NWC slated next weekend when it hosts George Fox for a three-game set. A twinbill gets started at noon Saturday. The third game is set for noon Sunday.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; firstname.lastname@example.org