Baseball Bruins Score Late to Beat Whits

News Release Date:
Sunday, March 28

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Nursing a 7-4 lead, George Fox scored six runs in its final two at-bats to notch a 13-4 Northwest conference baseball victory over Whitman College Sunday afternoon in Newberg, Ore.

The Bruins finished  the weekend in third place in the NWC with an 8-4 record (15-9 on the season). The loss dropped Whitman to 3-9 and 3-20.

George Fox 13,
Whitman 4


Box Score

As it did in Saturday's two losses to the Bruins, Whitman jumped in front at the outset by scoring in the top of the first inning. With one out, junior Jay Richards singled and sophomore Eric Tolleson clouted his third home of the season to stake the Missionaries to a 2-0 lead.

A Whitman fielding error to start the bottom of the first, however, led to four unearned runs for George Fox.

Eric Tolleson

The Missionaries got a run back in the top of the third, pulling to within 4-3 on the scoreboard. Tolleson and junior Eric Korsmo drew back-to-back walks, and Tolleson later scored on a balk.

George Fox, after making it 6-3 with a pair of two-out runs in its half of the third, extended its lead to 7-3 when Dan Winterstein homered to lead off the bottom of the fifth.

Whitman closed the gap to 7-4 in the top of the seventh when Korsmo and seniors Blaine Mercado and Jason Sease pieced together three consecutive two-out singles.

The Bruins then broke the game open in the bottom of the seventh with four runs, the first three coming on a Josh Burch home run.

Whitman finished with a total of 13 hits but left 11 runners stranded on base. The Missionaries got two hits each from Tolleson, Korsmo, Mercado, Sease and senior Mitch Hannoosh.

Hannoosh, Korsmo and senior Joe Rodhouse smacked doubles, and Hannoosh also drew two walks.

Mercado tossed the first seven innings for Whitman and kept the Missionaries in the game until Burch whacked his three-run homer with one out in the seventh. Rodhouse pitched the eighth inning.

Chad Jones got the start on the mound for George Fox but lasted just three innings, giving up three runs on five hits. Adam Weber scattered seven Whitman hits over the next four innings to get the win for the Bruins.

Winterstein, Jason Brown and Eroc Gantenbein had three hits each to power the George Fox offense.

Whitman returns home next Friday and Saturday to host a three-game series against Pacific Lutheran. The first two games are set for Friday. Noon is the start time both days at Borleske Stadium.

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