Stadmeyer Wins for Whits, Boxers Take 2
News Release Date:
Monday, March 23
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A long, cold day of baseball at Borleske Stadium came to a close Monday with Pacific University taking two of three Northwest Conference decisions from Whitman College.
Pacific got the early jump, finishing off a 15-13 victory in a game that started on Saturday but was suspended by rain with Whitman batting in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The two teams then proceeded to split two seven-inning games originally scheduled for Sunday, when the rain-drenched field was unplayable. Whitman won the first of those games 10-0 behind Pete Stadmeyer's two-hitter before Pacific bounced back to take the finale 2-1 in eight innings.
Pacific finished the day with records of 7-9 in the NWC and 10-11 on the season. Whitman is 1-7 in conference and 2-12 overall.
Pacific 15, Whitman 13 (9 innings)
Saturday's rain-suspended game resumed with Whitman batting in its half of the eighth, trailing 13-11. With no outs and runners on first and second, a sacrifice bunt attempt immediately backfired for the Missionaries when the ball was popped into the air and the runner doubled off first. A ground-out ended the threat.
Pacific extended its lead to 15-11 in the top of the ninth when Andy Tolbert drew a lead-off walk in front of Jeramey Probert's home run to left field.
Whitman made things interesting in its half of the ninth. Freshman Skyler Bissell and Brian Kitamura led off with singles, but Pacific first baseman Mike Nagamine battled the gusting winds to get one out with a fine catch against the fence in foul territory. After Eric Tolleson, another freshman, singled to load the bases, a strike-out had the Missionaries down to their last out. A third freshman, Peter Olson, came through in the clutch, lining a two-run single to right field to slice Whitman's deficit to 15-13.
A call to the Pacific bullpen brought Dan Wolfe to the mound to face Whitman's Erik Korsmo with runners on first and third. Korsmo slapped a grounder toward the hole between first and second, but Nagamine made a diving stop to his right to get the final out.
Whitman 10, Pacific 0 (7 innings)
Stadmeyer, the ace of Whitman's pitching staff, tossed one of the best games of his career as the Missionaries rolled to a 10-0 triumph in Monday's first full-length game. The senior lefty, who threw 68 of his 91 pitches for strikes, gave up just two singles while striking out 10 and walking one.
Pacific's only real threat came in the fourth inning with Whitman on top 3-0. After fanning the lead-off hitter, Stadmeyer gave up his first hit, Probert's clean single to center. After Kaeo Lau Hee's sharp grounder to short -- a potential inning-ending doubleplay ball -- kicked off Richards' shoulder, Pacific had runners at first and second. Stadmeyer walked the next hitter but then struck out the next two Boxers to keep his shutout intact.
Whitman broke the game open with a seven-run bottom of the fourth. Catcher Michael Lazcano, hit by a pitch to start the outburst, scored the inning's first run when Kitamura was hit by another pitch with the bases loaded. Lazcano later singled home the final run of the frame before being forced out at second base for the final out.
Matt Morris-Rosenfeld and Blaine Mercado also had run-scoring singles in the inning, and Tolleson plated another run with a sacrifice fly to center field. Dan White doubled and scored on Lazcano's hit to push Whitman's lead to 10-0.
Morris-Rosenfeld, who snagged a line drive in the Pacific fifth for an inning-ending unassisted doubleplay, had three hits to spark Whitman's 14-hit attack. Jason Sease, who had two hits and a walk in four trips to the plate, scored twice and knocked in two runs. Mercado, White and Lazcano also had two hits each.
Pacific 2, Whitman 1 (8 innings)
Olson, a freshman right-hander, came within three outs of giving Whitman back-back shutouts. But with Whitman leading 1-0 in the top of the seventh, Hee led off with a long home run to left-center field to even the score and eventually force extra innings.
Olson, who had surrendered just one hit before Hee's homer, saw his 68-pitch outing end when Pacific's next hitter, Nate Rasmussen, singled. Calvin Davis, a left-handed reliever, got the next three outs to keep the game tied at 1-1.
After Whitman failed to score in bottom of the seventh, Korey Yost singled to open the eighth for Pacific. He moved around to third base on Joey Pulito's sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch, and scored when Kevin Schwartz put a suicide squeeze bunt into play.
Ryne Miyamoto, who started on the mound for Pacific, was lifted in the bottom of the eighth after Lazcano lined out to left and Richards crushed a long double to center. Rasmussen relieved and got the final two outs on a strike-out and pop fly to nail down the victory for Miyamoto, who scattered seven hits, fanned three and didn't walk a batter.
Whitman tallied its only run in the fifth inning. Mercado doubled off the top of the left-field fence and scored on Lazcano's two-out double down the right-field line.
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