Late Offense Too Late for Whitman Nine
News Release Date:
Saturday, February 21
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College pushed across five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but it was too little, too late as the Missionaries dropped a 17-6 non-conference baseball decision to the Concordia-Portland Saturday night in McMinnville, Ore.
Concordia, an NAIA school, jumped in front 10-0 after three innings and led 17-1 before Whitman got its offense untracked in the ninth.
Michael Lazcano triggered the late Missionary outburst with a double. After Calvin Davis rapped a pinch-hit single and Skyler Bissell walked to load the bases, Erik Korsmo was hit by a pitch to a force home a run. Davis trotted across the plate with a second run when Jay Richards drew a base on balls.
Matt Morris-Rosenfeld drilled a two-run single up the middle to keep the inning going. After a wild pitch moved the runners up a base, Whitman's final run scored on an Eric Tolleson ground-out.
Whitman notched its first run in the eighth inning when Bissell, Korsmo, Richards and Morris-Rosenfeld drew consecutive walks.
Brian Kitamura had two of Whitman's seven hits. Other Missionaries with one hit, in addition to Lazcano, Davis and Morris-Rosenfeld, were Richards and Tolleson.
Freshman Peter Olson, who hurled the final five innings for Whitman, retired the side on just three pitches in the seventh. After his first pitch led to a ground-out, a Concordia hitter singled on his second pitch. His third pitch was grounded into a double play.
Whitman, now 1-5 on the season, stays in McMinnville Sunday to play a third game as part of a tournament hosted by Linfield College. Weather permitting, Whitman will play Puget Sound at 11 a.m.
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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
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