Pirates Pillage Whits Twice in Baseball

News Release Date:
Saturday, April 25

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Matt Morris-Rosenfeld and Erik Korsmo clubbed their third home runs of the baseball season, but Whitman College was no match for Whitworth University on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.

Whitworth won the nine-inning opener 22-5 and then took the seven-inning nightcap by a 15-5 count.

Matt Morris-Rosenfeld
Erik Korsmo

The host Pirates improved to 6-20 in the Northwest Conference and 8-26 overall. Whitman heads to Sunday's twinbill with records of 2-23 and 3-28.

In game two, Whitman held a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the third inning, when the Pirates pushed across three runs to retake the lead for good. Whitworth added seven runs in its next two at-bats to pull away.

Whitman tallied its first two runs in the second inning. Blaine Mercado rapped a lead-off single and scored on Morris-Rosenfeld's double to right-center field. Morris-Rosenfeld advanced to third base on a ground-out and then scored when Dan White lifted a sacrifice fly to right field.

Brian Kitamura walked to start the Whitman third and came around to score when Jay Richards doubled to left-center. Korsmo followed with a two-run homer to stake the Missionaries to their short-lived 5-4 lead.

Jay Richards
Jason Sease

Whitman threatened to stretch its lead when the next two batters, Mercado and Morris-Rosenfeld, walked and moved up a base on a passed ball. But Whitworth reliever Liam O'Brien stranded both runners with a strike-out and two ground-ball force-outs, one of them at the plate.

Whitman managed six hits in the nightcap, two each by Richards and Korsmo, and drew six walks, two by Morris-Rosenfeld.

In game one, Whitworth erupted for 10 runs in the first three innings and finished the contest with 22 hits and 12 walks against three Missionary pitchers.

Whitman pulled to within 10-3 on the scoreboard with a mini-rally in the top of the fifth. After Morris-Rosenfeld led off the frame with a home run, freshman Eric Tolleson doubled and scored on a Jason Sease triple to center field. Brian Kitamura then tripled to right to score Sease.

The Missionaries added two more runs in the seventh. Sease and Patrick Stauffer singled and scored when Richards doubled into the left-center gap. Whitman got two hits each from Stauffer, Morris-Rosenfeld and Sease.

Sunday's doubleheader begins at noon.

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