Young Whits No Match for Big Cal Lu Bats

News Release Date:
Sunday, February 14

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- California Lutheran, coming off a 32-11 season a year ago, took full advantage of a young Whitman College pitching staff in rolling to a 24-5 victory Sunday at the Arizona Desert Classic in Anthem, Ariz.

The Kingsmen, improving to 5-2 this season, ripped 28 hits against a set of five Whitman pitchers that included three freshmen and a sophomore.

The loss dropped Whitman to 0-4 on the season.

Jay Richards

Jay Richards, a junior shortstop, crushed a two-run home run and added a run-scoring triple to pace Whitman's 10-hit attack.

Sophomore Eric Tolleson rapped three hits, including an RBI-single. Tolleson also swiped two bases in three attempts.

Sophomore Patrick Stauffer added a run-scoring single to the Missionary offense, and senior Joe Rodhouse had two hits in four trips.

A total of 12 Kingsmen had at least two hits in the game. Trevor Koons led the onslaught with three hits and five RBI.

California Lutheran finished second last season in the Southern California Interscholastic Athletic Conference with a 17-4 record. The Kingsmen saw their season end with losses in two of three games at the NCAA Div. III west regional.

Whitman continues its non-conference season with a pair of doubleheaders Friday and Saturday against the College of Idaho in Nampa. Friday's twinbill starts at noon with an 11 a.m. start time set for Saturday.

The Coyotes are off to a 2-2 start to their season.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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