First-Inning Runs Scuttle Whits vs. Corban

News Release Date:
Saturday, February 27

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Corban College pushed across four runs on five hits in the first inning and that was the difference in a 9-5 non-conference victory over Whitman College Saturday morning at the Jim Doran Classic in McMinnville, Ore.

The Warriors, an NAIA school from Salem, Ore., extended its lead to 9-0 by the top of the fourth inning, but Whitman countered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to start climbing back into the contest.

Brian Kitamura

Senior Brian Kitamura drew a base on balls to start the Whitman fourth, took second base on a single by sophomore Eric Tolleson and scored when junior Eric Korsmo scooted all the way to second on an error by the Corban third baseman. Senior Blaine Mercado drove home the second Missionary run with a ground-out.

Korsmo scored Whitman's third run in the sixth frame. He led off with a double to left field, advanced to third on Mercado's flyball to center and came home when senior Joe Rodhouse singled to center.

Three more Corban errors helped plate two more runs in the eighth. With one out, Mercado singled and Sease doubled. Both runners scored on an errors by the Warriors infield.

Kitamura had a perfect day at the dish for Whitman with two hits and three walks in five trips. 

Weather permitting, Whitman will play two more tournament games on Sunday, starting at 9 a.m. against Linfield. The Missionaries then play Puget Sound at noon.

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