Bruins Bite Whits Twice in NWC Baseball

News Release Date:
Friday, April 10

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- George Fox slipped back into the Northwest Conference lead with a doubleheader sweep of Whitman College Friday afternoon in Newberg, Ore.

The Bruins edged Whitman 4-1 in the opener and then rolled to a 21-2 rout in the nightcap. 

Blaine Mercado

George Fox, 22-7 overall, improved to 17-3 in the NWC. Meanwhile, in other games played today, Linfield lost twice to Lewis & Clark to fall into second place. 

Whitman, failing to capitalize on another good outing from starter Blaine Mercado, slipped to 2-15 in the NWC and 3-20 on the season. 

Mercado went the distance on the mound for the Missionaries in the opener, scattering 13 hits while striking out three. He didn't walk a batter and got some help from his infield defense, which turned three double plays in the first six innings. 

Erik Korsmo

Whitman took a short-lived 1-0 lead when sophomore Erik Korsmo led off the game with his second home run of the season. The Bruins used two singles, a stolen base and sacrifice fly to even the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first.

Kyle Kuenzi slugged a solo homer in the third to give George Fox the lead for good at 2-1. Whitman put two runners aboard in the fifth when Jason Sease singled and Michael Lazcano drew a one-out base on balls. The threat fizzled, however, when Sease was thrown out trying to steal third.

The Bruins added an unearned run in the sixth thanks to a pair of Whitman errors. 

Down 4-1, Whitman threatened again with two outs in the eighth. Sam Schonfeld walked and Patrick Stauffer singled, but George Fox starter Nick Bratney ended the inning and his outing with a strike-out. Reliever Chad Jones threw a hitless ninth for the Bruins to nail down the victory.

Sease and Stauffer had two hits apiece for Whitman. 

Calvin Davis

George Fox, which began the day hitting .368 as a team, smacked 20 hits and benefited from nine walks in game two. Bo Thunell led the way for the Bruins with four hits, including a home run and two doubles, and six RBI. 

Whitman stayed close for a few innings. In the top of the third, Stauffer singled, stole second and scored on Korsmo's single to knot the game at 1-1. But two Whitman errors in the bottom of the third led to four unearned George Fox runs, and the Bruins pulled away from there.

Calvin Davis ripped his second home run of the season, a solo shot to right-center field, to account for Whitman's other run.

Korsmo, who had two of Whitman's seven hits in the nightcap, is hitting a team-leading .394 on the season.

The two teams complete their four-game weekend series with two seven-inning games on Saturday, starting at noon. 

Game One: George Fox 4, Whitman 1

Game Two: George Fox 21, Whitman 2

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