Errors Help Whits Drop Two Ballgames

News Release Date:
Saturday, March 27

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A handful of costly errors helped George Fox score a total of 12 unearned runs as the Bruins swept a pair of Northwest Conference games, 21-3 and 23-2, from Whitman College Saturday afternoon in Newberg, Ore.

George Fox finished the day in third place, improving to 7-4 in the NWC and 14-9 overall.

Whitman slid to 3-8 in conference and 3-19 on the season.

George Fox 21,
Whitman 3

Game 1, Box Score

  George Fox 23,
Whitman 2

Game 2, Box Score

The Missionaries took short-lived 1-0 leads by scoring a run in the top of the first inning in both games.

In the opener, Brian Kitamura led off with a base on balls, moved to second on a Jay Richards sacrifice bunt and scored when Eric Tolleson singled up the middle.

Jay Richards

George Fox took control with a six-run second inning that included four hits, two walks and a Whitman fielding error. The Bruins added two unearned runs in the third and then broke the game open with nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

Whitman plated its second run in the seventh when Jason Sease tripled and scored when Blaine Mercado rapped an RBI-groundout to first base.

The Missionaries added a third run in the ninth. Eric Korso singled, advanced a base when Mercado walked and came home on a Joe Rodhouse single through the right side.

Whitman misfired on scoring opportunities in the sixth, when freshman Tyler Grisdale lined into an inning-ending doubleplay after singles by Kitamura and Richards, and in the eighth, when Kitamura (single) and Richards (double) were left stranded.

Brian Kitamura

Meanwhile, the Bruins slugged 21 hits and took advantage of seven walks and six hit-batters. Mark Putney tossed eight innings for victors, scattering six hits while striking out 11, to get his third pitching victory.

Whitman's Patrick Stauffer led off game two with a single, adanced to second base on a Richards sacrifice bunt and later scored when Korsmo reached on an infield single.

George Fox used four hits to tally two runs in the bottom of the first and then erupted for eight runs on five hits and two Whitman errors in the bottom of the second frame. 

Whitman tacked on its second game-two run in the top of the third. After Tolleson reached on a Bruins fielding error and Korsmo was hit by a pitch, Sease smacked an RBI-double down the left-field line.

George Fox kicked its offense into high gear with 26 hits in the nightcap. Shortstop Sam Stahl knocked in six runs with four hits, three of them doubles.

The two teams complete their weekend series with a single game on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. at Newberg.

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