Weeks, Mercado Hit Whits to BB Victory
News Release Date:
Saturday, April 17
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Freshman Justin Weeks cracked his first collegiate home run, a two-run shot, and senior Blaine Mercado singled home the winning run as Whitman College rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to edge Willamette 10-9 in the nightcap of a Saturday doubleheader at Borleske Stadium.
Willamette won the opener 13-3. The two teams finish their Northwest Conference weekend series with a single game at noon Sunday.
With Whitman trailing 9-6 in game two, Joe Rodhouse triggered Whitman's game-two ninth-inning rally with a lead-off double. After Weeks drilled his blast over the left-center field fence and Mitch Hannoosh lined out to center, Pat Stauffer singled and Jay Richards doubled to put runners at second and third.
Eric Tolleson then singled through the left side of the infield to tie the game at 10-all. Korsmo walked drew a base on balls to load the bases, setting the stage for Mercado's game-winning single to left field.
Richards paced Whitman's 16-hit attack with four hits, one of them a double. He also walked and scored a pair of runs, including the game winner. Weeks had two doubles to go with home run.
Whitman, now 4-16 in the NWC after Saturday's split, also got two each from Tolleson, Rodhouse, Mercado and Jason Sease.
Willamette, which takes a 7-10 conference record to Sunday's finale, also had 16 hits in Saturday's second game. Michael Oliver led the way with three hits. The Bearcats got two hits each from Doug Bloom, Mitchell Rowan, Sky Kelley, Dylan Summers and T.C. Lee.
Summers and Lee both tripled for the Bearcats while Rowan and Bloom combined to steal five bases.
Willamette also pounded out 16 hits in the opener. Kelley collected four of those hits and Max Stepan belted a pair of doubles. Bloom, Oliver and Derek Collins added to the offense with two hits each.
Devin Grindy tossed eight innings, giving up three runs on six hits, to register his third win of the season for the Bearcats.
Sease three four innings of strong relief for Whitman, giving up just one run on four hits while fanning four.
Sunday's game will be preceded by brief ceremonies for Whitman's five seniors -- Brian Kitamura (injured), Sease, Mercado, Rodhouse and Hannoosh.
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Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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