Whits Strand Runners Early, Fall 11-1

News Release Date:
Friday, February 20

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- After leaving eight runners stranded through the first five innings, the Whitman College men's baseball team watched Oregon Tech pull away for an 11-1 non-conference baseball victory Friday afternoon in McMinnville, Ore.

Oregon Tech, an NAIA school, improved to 5-6 on the season while Whitman fell to 1-4. The Missionaries are in McMinnville through Sunday to play two more game as part of a tournament hosted by Linfield College.

Michael Lazcano

Whitman threatened in the top of the first inning but came up empty. After Jason Sease drew a one-out walk and stole second, Jay Richards drew another base on balls. Matt Morris-Rosenfeld then lined out to the second baseman, who turned an unassisted double play.

Oregon Tech's Ryson Maurico smacked a two-run in the bottom of the first, and the Owls sandwhiched two singles around a walk to score a third run in the bottom of the second.

Whitman threatened again in the top of the third. Brian Kitamura walked, stole second and took third on a ground-out. Richards walked with two outs, but a fly ball to left field ended the inning.

The Missionaries cut their deficit to 3-1 with a run in the fourth frame. Dan White walked with two outs, moved to second on a Michael Lazcano single and scorded on Kitamura's single to right-center. A ground-out left two more runners stranded.

With two outs in the Oregon Tech fourth, the Owls followed a base on balls and failed pickoff attempt with three consecutive singles to tack on two more runs. Whitman put two more runners aboard in the fifth, getting singles from Morris-Rosenfeld and Blaine Mercardo, but the Missionaries again failed to capitalize.

Oregon Tech broke the game open in the sixth inning with four runs, three of them coming on Zach Earle's home run.

Lazcano had two of Whitman's five hits. Richards, White and Kitamura drew two walks each. For the game, Whitman left 12 runners on base.

Whitman starter Pete Stadmeyer fanned seven Owls before leaving with two outs in the fourth inning.

Whitman plays its second tourney game at 6 p.m. Saturday against Concordia-Portland, also an NAIA school.

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