Oaks Outscore Whits in Baseball Twinbill
News Release Date:
Saturday, April 24
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Despite rapping a total of 25 hits around the ballpark, Whitman College came up short in a non-conference baseball twinbill on Saturday, losing 17-6 and 12-7 to Menlo College in Atherton, Calif.
The Oaks, an NCAA Division III independent, improved to 21-14 on the season while collecting a total of 27 hits and 19 walks.
Whitman, hamstrung all season by a small roster and limited pitching staff, saw its record fall to 4-30.
Game one was close through four innings. Starting on the mound for Whitman, sophomore Eric Tolleson retired Menlo in order in three of the first four frames. The Oaks used a base on balls, one hit and one Missionary fielding error to plate two runs (one unearned) in the second inning.
Whitman made it 2-1 with a run in the top of the fourth. Singles by Erik Korsmo and Jason Sease, wrapped around a walk by Blaine Mercado, loaded the bases for Joe Rodhouse, who lifted an RBI-sacrifice fly into center.
With two outs in the inning, Mitch Hannoosh was hit by a pitch to reload the bases, but Menlo starting pitcher Brian Phillips wriggled off the hook with a groundball out to second base.
The Oaks began pulling away with a three-run fifth inning that included Joel Hull's two-run homer. The Oaks then broke out the heavy lumber in the sixth, putting six more runs on the board courtesy of three more home runs, one of them a three-run shot by Hull.
Whitman got a run back in the seventh when Patrick Stauffer singled and Korsmo laced triple to center field.
The Missionaries added four runs on four hits in the top of the ninth. After Stauffer doubled, Jay Richards was hit by a pitch, and Eric Tolleson singled to load the bases, a fielder's choice plated one run. Sease singled home the next two runs and later tallied the final run on a Rodhouse single.
Sease finished game one with three hits and two RBI. Whitman also got two hits each from Stauffer, Tolleson, Korsmo and Rodhouse.
In game two, Menlo scored in five of the first six innings to build a 12-3 cushion.
Rodhouse belted his third home of the season in the fourth to account for Whitman's first run. After Mercado and Sease singled to open the sixth, Justin Weeks and Hannoosh followed with run-scoring singles later in the inning.
Whitman made things interesting with four runs in the top of the ninth. After Richards was hit by a pitch, Tolleson and Korsmo singled to load the bases for Mercado, who doubled home all three runners. Sease then knocked in Mercado with a single.
The rally fizzlerd when Menlo's infield turned a doubleplay. Nick Vandever, Menlo's fourth pitcher, fanned the next hitter to close out the game.
Tolleson, Mercado and Sease had three hits each to power Whitman's game-two offense.
The two teams play a second twinbill on Sunday, starting at noon.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; email@example.com