Lutes Take Two from Whits at Borleske

News Release Date:
Saturday, April 18

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Pacific Lutheran upped its Northwest Conference baseball record to 21-5 and sits alone in second place after sweeping a pair of games, 8-3 and 29-14, from Whitman College Saturday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.

The loss dropped Whitman to 2-19 in conference play.

Blaine Mercado

The Lutes got the win for first-game starter Scott Wall by scoring five runs in the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie. Wall tossed six innings, scattering seven hits while fanning five. Both runs charged against him were unearned.

Blaine Mercado started on the hill for Whitman and held the Lutes to six hits and two runs – only one of them earned – through six innings. As the junior right-hander tired in the seventh, Pacific Lutheran took advantage, pushing across five runs on five hits.

Jason Sease

After Pacific Lutheran scored single runs in the second and third innings for an early lead, Whitman evened the count with two runs in the bottom of the third. Brian Kitamura reached base on a throwing error, Matt Morris-Rosenfeld singled through the right side, and Jason Sease rapped a run-scoring double down the right-field line. Mercado plated a second run with a ground-out.

With three hits apiece, Matt Akridge and Ben Shively knocked in two runs each to spark PLU’s offense. Josh Takayoshi had two hits for the Lutes.

Whitman got two hits each from Mercado, Morris-Rosenfeld, Jay Richards and Patrick Stauffer. The Missionaries stranded 11 baserunners in the game. 

Saturday’s second game held little excitement after a barrage of nine PLU runs in the sixth inning gave the visitors a 20-6 lead. The Lutes, who lead the NWC in team batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage and runs scored, banged out a whopping 29 hits.

 
Jay Richards

Shively had a monster game at the plate, ripping six hits – including a home run and three doubles – and collecting nine RBI. Kris Hansen added four hits while Akridge had four.

Freshman Peter Olson, who started on the mound for Whitman, held the Lutes in check early in the game as the Missionaries inched in front 3-1 after three innings. Singles by Mercado and Stauffer, sandwiched around a Dan White sacrifice fly and a passed ball, gave Whitman its first two runs in the second frame.

Kitamura singled to open the third inning, moved to second base on a Richards single, and scored Whitman’s third run on an errant pick-off attempt.

After that, it was all Pacific Lutheran. The Lutes scored 19 runs over the next three innings to blow the game wide open. Shively and Matt Wolford smacked back-to-bach home runs in the seventh inning.

Whitman also kept scoring, just not at the same pace as PLU. Mercado had three hits and three RBI. Stauffer and Erik Korsmo added two hits each.

The teams play two seven-inning games on Sunday to finish the four-game series.

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

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