Whits Strand Eight, Lose 3-1 in Spokane
News Release Date:
Sunday, April 26
WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Stranding eight runners over seven innings, Whitman College failed to capitalize on a strong pitching performance by Pete Stadmeyer and dropped a 3-1 decision to Whitworth University in the opener of a Sunday twinbill in Spokane, Wash.
Whitworth then rolled to a 9-2 victory in game two, improving its record to 8-20 in the Northwest Conference and 10-26 on the season. Whitman slid to 2-25 and 3-30.
In Sunday's opener, Whitman stranded six runners over the first three innings, although the Missionaries led 1-0 headed to the fourth frame. Brian Kitamura led off the top of the third with a base on balls, moved up a base on a ground-out and then scored when Erik Korsmo singled up the middle.
Meanwhile, Whitworth managed just six hits off Stadmeyer, although the Pirates bunched three of those hits in the fourth inning while scoring three times. One of runs scored on a wild pitch, and another scooted across the plate on a sacrifice bunt.
Whitman threatened again in the seventh. With one out, Patrick Stauffer singled and Kitamura drew his third walk of the game. But Whitworth starter Chad Flett, who scattered seven hits and four walks, got the next batter to ground into a game-ending doubleplay.
Korsmo had two hits, including a first-inning double, to pace Whitman's offense. In addition to Stauffer's single in the seventh, the Missionaries got one hit each from Blaine Mercado, Matt Morris-Rosenfeld, Michael Lazcano and Jason Sease.
In game two, Whitworth scored all nine of its runs in its first four at-bats. Three walks and a hit-batter, combined with a wild pitch, gave the Pirates two runs in the first inning without benefit of a hit.
Whitman got its offense untracked with two runs in the top of the fifth. After Dan White walked with two outs, Lazcano singled and Sease slugged a two-run double to right field.
The Missionaries threatened again in the sixth when Korsmo and Morris-Rosenfeld rapped two-out singles, but the inning ended on a fly out to center. Korsmo, who doubled in the second inning, had two of Whitman's five hits. He also pitched the final two innings, holding the Pirates scoreless on three hits while striking out one.
Whitman wraps up its season next week when it hosts Puget Sound in a four-game series at Borleske Stadium.
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