Bruins Complete Sweep of Baseball Whits
News Release Date:
Sunday, March 27
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- After holding off Whitman College 12-5 in the completion of Saturday's rain-suspended second game, George Fox completed its weekend sweep with a 10-2 Northwest Conference baseball victory over the Missionaries Sunday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.
The Bruins, who won Saturday's opener 15-2, headed home with records of 8-4 in the NWC and 17-5 overall.
The young Missionaries finished the weekend at 2-10 in conference and 3-20 on the season.
Game Two: Bruins Finish Rain Delayed Win
George Fox held a 10-1 lead in Saturday afternoon's second game when it was suspended before Whitman could hit in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Play resumed at 11 a.m. Sunday morning and the Missionaries quickly tacked on two runs. Senior Erik Korsmo singled with one out and trotted home when freshman Cam Young launched his second home run of the season far over the left-field fence.
That cut Whitman's deficit to 10-3, and Whitman nearly scored again in the inning when freshman Kyle Moyes reached on a bunt single and sophomore Chris Andrews walked. After freshman Jimmy Madden lined a ball down the right-field line that fell just foul, he grounded out to second to end the inning.
The Bruins came right back to score two runs in the top of the seventh without benefit of a hit. Three walks and a hit-batter, followed by a passed ball and run-scoring ground-out, allowed George Fox to regain a nine-run cushion at 12-3.
The Whits made more noise in the bottom of the eighth. Young doubled to left, Moyes reached on a George Fox throwing error, and freshman Kyle Buckham chased home a run with another double to left. Andrews singled in a second run, putting runners on first and third, but then was thrown out attempting to steal second base.
After Madden walked, two infield pop flies ended the inning with Whitman still trailing 12-5.
Neither side scored in the ninth as the Bruins wrapped up the win. Carl Mason pitched the bottom of the ninth for George Fox, fanning all three hitters he faced.
Young finished game two with three of Whitman's 10 hits. Freshman Casey Minnick also had a pair of hits, including a double.
Derek Blankenship and Eric Gantenbein had three hits apiece for the Bruins. Kyle Albertson, the third of four George Fox pitchers, got the win despite giving up seven hits, two walks and three earned runs in three innings of work.
Game Three: Wild Streak Hurts Whit Pitchers
In Sunday's regularly scheduled game, four Missionary freshman hurlers had control issues, hitting nine batters and handing out four free passes to help the Bruins post a 10-2 victory and complete their three-game weekend sweep.
George Fox led 3-1 after two innings and then scored four runs in the fifth inning to take command.
The Bruins erupted for three second-inning runs after Whitman starting pitcher Aaron Cohen got two quick outs. Derek Aldrich, hit with a pitch to start the inning, was erased when the next hitter lined into a double play.
After Zac Israel singled and John Mountz walked, Nate Hickok chopped a ground ball over the bag at first base, scoring two runs as the ball rolled into the right-field corner. Dan Winterstein followed with an RBI-single that just barely eluded second baseman Jay Richards as he dove to his right.
Whitman bounced back with a two-out run in the bottom of the second. Buckham singled to right field and scooted into second base when the play drew a bad George Fox throw. Freshman C.J. Pentland capitalized with an RBI-single to right.
The Missionaries let a golden scoring opportunity slip away in the bottom of the third. Brian Davis, who started on the mound for the Bruins, walked Madden, Richards and Young to start the inning, which ended his outing.
Reliever Joey Clancy got the first out when third baseman Sam Stahl snared a ground ball and threw home for the force out.
After fanning the next hitter, Clancy uncorked a pitch in the dirt (with Cohen at the plate) that skipped away from the catcher. Richards tried to score from third but was tagged out at the plate in a close play.
George Fox botched its own scoring chance in the top of the fourth. Zac Israel's swinging bunt, a hit-batter and a Whitman throwing error put runners on first and third with no outs.
When the next hitter grounded to second, Richards threw to Young, the Missionary shortstop, at second base to start the double play. The Bruins base runner sliding into second was called for interference, giving Whitman two outs on the play and forcing Israel to stay at third base.
Photo by Greg Lehman
Cohen got the third out on the pitcher's mound, making a great stop on a hard grounder that appeared on its way into center field.
George Fox broke through for four runs in the fifth, stretching its lead to 7-1. After Stahl doubled with one out, a base on balls and two hit-batters forced home one run. Israel doubled home two more runs, and a suicide squeeze scored the inning's fourth run.
After the Bruins tacked on two more runs in the seventh, Whitman plated its last run in the bottom of the eighth. Young walked to start the inning, moved to second when Minnick singled to left, and scored when Korsmo's hard grounder shot past the George Fox third baseman into left field.
Joey Clancy, who tossed three innings of two-hit, no-run ball, got the pitching win for the Bruins.
Stahl finished game three with three George Fox hits. Israel and Hickok added two hits apiece.
Whitman's Young, who had one hit in two official trips to the plate, also drew three of the seven walks issued by five George Fox pitchers. Richards collected one hit and two walks for the Missionaries.
Whitman heads to Tacoma next weekend for a three-game set against Pacific Lutheran. George Fox returns home to host Whitworth.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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