Tired Whit Pitching Staff Takes Big Hit

News Release Date:
Sunday, February 8

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Down 3-2 after three innings of its third game in two days, a tired Whitman College pitching staff took a shellacking as Occidental College erupted for a 28-3 baseball victory Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Tigers pounded out 26 hits en route to winning the rubber game of the three-game series. Richie Veihl led the rampage with three home runs, two of them grand slams.

Brian Kitamura

The victory gives Occidental a 5-1 start to its season. Whitman slipped to 1-2.

Blaine Mercado started on the hill for Whitman and kept the Missionaries in the game through three innings. But Mercado had already thrown three-plus innings earlier in the day, picking up the win as the teams completed Saturday's rain-suspended game, and he tired in the fourth.

Whitman's offense evened the game at 2-2 with two runs in the top of third inning. After Brian Kitamura led off the frame with a home run down the right-field line, Patrick Stauffer singled, stole second and scored when the Occidental infield misplayed Jason Sease's infield single.  

Whitman added a run in the fifth inning when Matt Morris-Rosenfeld singled with two outs, moved to third base on Mercado's double, and scored when Erik Korsmo and Michael Lazcano were hit by pitches.

Sease had two hits in the game.

Whitman returns to action Feb. 20-22 with three tournament games in McMinnville, Ore. The Missionaries host their first home game on Thursday, Feb. 26, vs. Central Washington University.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
holden@whitman.edu; (509) 527-590