UPS Erupts Late in Game Two for Sweep
News Release Date:
Friday, May 1
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- After winning the opener 23-2, Puget Sound erupted late in the nightcap for an 18-2 victory and a sweep of its baseball doubleheader with Whitman College Friday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.
The Loggers improved to 11-18 in the Northwest Conference and 14-23 overall. Whitman slipped to 2-27 and 3-32.
The two teams complete their weekend series, and their seasons, with two more games on Saturday. Ceremonies honoring Whitman's six seniors will take place immediately before the first game, which starts at noon.
After absorbing its first-game drubbing, Whitman bounced back in game two behind a strong effort from starting pitcher Calvin Davis. The senior lefty, making only his third start of the season, held the Loggers to three hits -- two of them bunt singles -- and one run over the first four innings.
With Davis tiring, Puget Sound erased a 2-1 Whitman lead by scoring two runs in the top of the fifth. Davis was pulled after walking the lead-off hitter in the sixth inning, and the Loggers feasted on the Missionary bullpen, scoring 13 runs in their final two at-bats.
Doug Cox sparked the Puget Sound offense, knocking in six runs with four hits in four official trips to the plate (he also walked once). Gregg Ringold added five hits and scored four times.
James Lane threw the first seven innings for the Loggers to get the win. He gave up both Whitman runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked four.
Whitman scored its first run, squaring the game at 1-1, in the third inning. Michael Lazcano led off with single to center, scooted to third on a Jason Sease hustle double to left-center, and scored when Patrick Stauffer grounded out to second.
The Missionaries took their 2-1 lead with another run in the fourth. Freshman Eric Tolleson doubled to the left-center field wall, moved to third when Dan White flew out to right, and scored when Sease dropped down a safety squeeze bunt.
Puget Sound took the lead for good with two runs in the fifth. After Cox drew a bases-loaded walk to plate one run, Will Mentor knocked in the go-ahead tally with a sacrifice fly to center.
The Loggers broke out the big lumber early in the first game, scoring seven runs on five hits in the first inning. Ringold's three-run homer down the left-field line was the inning's big blow.
Mentor, David Thirlby and Matt Cox also homered as part of Puget Sound's 19-hit assault. Thirlby, one of the four Loggers with three hits in the game, knocked in five runs and scored three runs.
Tim Fogarty tossed all seven innings for Puget Sound, giving up five hits while fanning 10 and walking one.
With the Loggers up 11-0 after its first three at-bats, Whitman notched its two runs in the bottom of the third. After Stauffer singled and Brian Kitamura was hit by a pitch, Jay Richards rapped an RBI-single to right. Kitamura, who took third on the Richards hit, scored when Erik Korsmo lifted a sacrifice fly to left.
Richards had two of Whitman's five hits in the opener.
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