Olson, Mercardo Pace Whits to BB Split

News Release Date:
Sunday, March 29

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With Blaine Mercado clubbing a three-run home run and freshman Peter Olson tossing seven innings for his first collegiate win, Whitman College posted a 9-6 victory over Lewis & Clark in the nightcap of a Sunday baseball doubleheader in Portland, Ore.

Lewis & Clark won Sunday's opener 9-3 in nine innings. The Pioneers also won the first game of the series on Saturday, but wet weather kept the two teams from playing a scheduled fourth game.

Blaine Mercado
Peter Olson

Whitman, now 2-9 in the NWC and 3-14 overall, returns home next weekend to host a four-game series with Willamette University at Borleske Stadium.

The Missionaries rode a big six-run second inning to its victory in Sunday's second game.

Jay Richards walked, Erik Korsmo was hit by a pitch and Michael Lazcano reached on an infield error to load the bases for freshman Skyler Bissell, who stroked a two-run single to center. After Brian Kitamura singled home another run, Mercado ripped his three-run tater to left, extending the Missionary lead to 6-1.

Lewis & Clark bunched four hits to score four runs in the bottom of the third, pulling to within 6-5 on the scoreboard. A double, stolen base and sacrifice fly in the fourth frame then knotted the game at 6-all.

Whitman regained the lead for good in the sixth inning, thanks to some sloppy Lewis & Clark play. After Lazcano was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Bissell's sacrifice bunt moved him to second, the Pioneers committed three errors and hit another batter (Kitamura) as Whitman plated a pair of unearned runs.

Back-to-back doubles by Korsmo and Lazcano gave Whitman another insurance run in the seventh. Mercado also doubled earlier in the game, and he and Korsmo had two hits apiece.

Meanwhile, Olson checked Lewis & Clark on two hits and no runs over the final three innings. In his last outing, Olson shut out Pacific over the first six innings before the Boxers scored a run in the seventh and then won in extra innings.

In Sunday's first game, Lewis & Clark was clinging to a 3-1 lead when the Pioneers pushed across five runs in the sixth inning to break it open. 

After Whitman left the bases loaded in the second inning, Lewis & Clark took the lead on Jordan Wlodarczyk's three-run double in the third. The Missionaries made it 3-1 in the fifth when Kitamura walked, stole second and later scored on a ground-out.

With the home team on top 9-1, Whitman tallied its final two runs in the eighth. Freshman Eric Tolleson and White led off with singles and later scored on ground-outs. Tolleson and Korsmo had two hits apiece for the Missionaries, who had plenty of base runners (nine hits, six walks) but left 13 stranded. 

Lewis & Clark finished the series with records of 4-11 in the NWC and 4-16 on the season.

Game One: Lewis & Clark 9, Whitman 3

Game Two: Whitman 9, Lewis & Clark 6

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