Baseball Falls Victim to Late-Inning Runs

News Release Date:
Saturday, February 13

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A close game through five innings degenerated in a baseball blow-out when Occidental College tacked on seven runs in the final two innings en route to a 15-3 victory over Whitman College Saturday afternoon in the Arizona Desert Classic in Anthem, Ariz.

Whitman plated its first two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, cutting its deficit to 4-2.

Brian Kitamura

But the Tigers added three runs in the top of the sixth and pushed across seven more runs in its next three at-bats to pull away. 

Occidental, which took two of three games from Whitworth earlier this month, improved to 3-3 on the season. The Missionaries are 0-3.

John Nortz

In Whitman's fifth, freshman Will Martin led off with a single and came around to score on back-to-back singles by sophomore Patrick Stauffer and senior Brian Kitamura.

Stauffer scored a second run when sophomore Eric Tolleson grounded into a force play at second base.

Whitman added its third run in the sixth inning. Senior Jason Sease singled with two outs and scored when freshman John Nortz doubled down the right-field line.

The Missionaries managed just seven hits and committed six errors that led to led to seven unearned runs.

Whitman used seven pitchers while Occidental starter Stephen Hilliard went seven innings, scattering six hits while fanning five.

Whitman wraps up its stay in Arizona on Sunday with a game at 10 a.m. against California Lutheran.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu