Lutes Go Batty at Borleske, Sweep Whits

News Release Date:
Sunday, April 19

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- The Pacific Lutheran bats continued to wreak havoc Sunday afternoon as the Lutes rolled to 16-6 and 17-4 Northwest Conference baseball victories over Whitman College at Borleske Stadium.

In completing a four-game weekend sweep of the Missionaries, Pacific Lutheran retained sole possession of second place in the Northwest Conference, improving to 23-5 in league and 27-8 on the season. Whitman slipped to 2-21 and 3-26.

Brian Kitamura

Game one was close through three innings. After the Lutes took a 1-0 lead on Ryan Aratani’s RBI-single in the top of the first, Whitman loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning on a Jay Richards single and walks by Patrick Stauffer and Erik Korsmo. Matt Morris-Rosenfeld then was hit by a pitch to force home a run, evening the score at 1-1.

Pacific Lutheran bunched three hits with a hit-batter, base on balls and sacrifice fly to add four runs in the top of the second. Matt Akridge's RBI-double capped the outburst.

Whitman came right back with three runs in the bottom of the second. Michael Lazcano and Jason Sease led off with singles and moved up a base on Stauffer's sacrifice bunt. Brian Kitamura singled home one run and a second run crossed the plate when Richards grounded into a fielder's choice. Richards scooted to third on a Korsmo single and scored on a passed ball. 

The Lutes broke the game open in the fourth, scoring six runs on six hits. Four of those runs were tallied with two outs. Jordan Post doubled home one run and Sammy Davis knocked in two with a single up the middle.

Matt Morris-Rosenfeld

Pacific Lutheran stretched its lead with a four-run sixth. Josh Takayoshi's three-run homer was the big blow in that inning.

Whitman notched its last two runs in the seventh when Blaine Mercado singled in front of Morris-Rosenfeld's home run to right field. 

PLU's game-one offense featured three hits each from Post, Akridge, Aratani and Kris Hansen. Robert Bleecker, who got the pitching win, gave up eight hits and three earned runs over six innings. Now 8-0 on the season, Bleecker struck out seven, walked two and hit two batters.

Sease had two of Whitman's 10 hits in the opener.

The Lutes took charge of game two at the outset, scoring five runs on four hits and three walks in the first inning. After Takayoshi led off with a single, Hansen homered to set the PLU offense in motion.

Whitman cut its deficit to 5-2 with a mini-rally in the third. White singled and took second base when the ball got by the right fielder. Sease rapped a run-scoring double to center, moved to third on a ground-out and scored on Kitamura's two-out infield single.

Eric Tolleson

With Whitman's bullpen running on empty, the Lutes pushed across six runs in the fourth. The visitors had three hits in the inning but also capitalized on three walks and three hit-batters. 

Whitman scored its last run when freshman Eric Tolleson smacked his first college home run over the left-field fence with one out in the seventh.

Pacific Lutheran had nine hits and benefited greatly from the 15 walks issued by three Whitman pitchers. Ben Shively and Post had two hits apiece for the Lutes. Starter Trey Watt tossed the first six innings, giving up eight hits and two earned runs while fanning seven. Watt upped his season record to 6-2.

Kitamura had two hits to pace Whitman's offense.

Whitman hits the road next weekend to play a four-game set against Whitworth in Spokane. PLU hosts Puget Sound next weekend.

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