Whit Offense Erupts in 15-7 Win at Menlo
News Release Date:
Sunday, April 25
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Posting season-high totals in runs and hits, Whitman College rolled over Menlo College 15-7 in the second game of a non-conference baseball twinbill Sunday afternoon in Atherton, Calif.
After Menlo won Sunday's opener 8-3, Whitman bounced back to take the nightcap on the strength of 23 hits.
Jason Sease led the game-two onslaught with five hits in six trips while Erik Korsmo had four hits, including a lead-off home run that triggered a six-run Missionary second inning.
Blaine Mercado went the distance on the hill for Whitman, giving up four earned runs over nine innings while striking out four. He helped his own cause at the plate, knocking in two runs with four hits.
Jay Richards and freshman Justin Weeks added three hits apiece. Weeks doubled twice and knocked in three runs, while Joe Rodhouse plated two runs with his second home run in as many days.
After Korsmo homered to start the second inning, Whitman loaded the bases on singles by Mercado, Sease and Weeks. After Mitch Hannoosh stroked a two-run double into the right-centerfield gap, Patrick Stauffer singled home two more runs.
Stauffer scooted to third base on a Richards double and then scored when Eric Tolleson popped a sacrifice fly into center to extend Whitman's early lead to 6-0.
But Menlo quickly cut into that cushion, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third inning with the help of two Missionary errors.
Whitman cranked its offense back into high gear in the top of the fourth, turning five hits into five runs and an 11-3 advantage.
Richards singled, Tolleson walked and Korsmo reached on a bunt single to set the stage for Whitman's second big inning. After Mercado and Sease slapped run-scoring singles, Weeks cleared the sacks with a three-run double to left-center.
Whitman added two more runs in the sixth when Sease singled in front of Rodhouse's home run to left field.
The Missionaries manufactured a single run in the seventh. Korsmo singled, stole second base, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Mercado's sacrifice fly to center.
Whitman added a final run in the ninth on when Richards singled, took second on a wild pitch and scored on Tolleson's single.
In Sunday's opener, Menlo starter Brian Priestley and reliever Nick Vandever kept Whitman's offense in check most of the way. The Missionaries managed just six hits, three of which came in a three-run eighth inning.
Whitman tallied all three of those runs with two outs. Weeks, who drew a one-out walk, scored when Stauffer tripled to center field. After Richards doubled home a second run, Tolleson singled home a third.
Korsmo had two of Whitman's six hits in game one.
Menlo, an NCAA Division III independent, finished its season on Sunday with a 22-14 record.
Whitman heads to Spokane, Wash., next weekend to finish its schedule with a three-game Northwest Conference series against Whitworth.
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Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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