SPOKANE, Wash. - The Whitworth baseball team opened its home schedule with a pair of convincing victories over the Eastern Washington University club team in an exhibition doubleheader at Merkel Field on Saturday.
The Pirates won the opener, 9-1, before cruising to a 15-2 win in the second game. After playing a nine-inning contest in the first game, the teams agreed to play a seven-inning contest in the nightcap.
Whitworth returns to action next weekend, traveling to face Schreiner University in a four-game series in Kerrville, Texas.
Game 1: Whitworth 9, Eastern Washington 1
Whitworth starter Dan Scheibe struck out 11 batters and a five-run eighth inning helped Whitworth blow open a close contest against the Eagles in the opener.
Whitworth opened the scoring in the fourth inning, using three hits in addition to three errors by Eastern Washington to plate two runs.
Thomas Wakem scored Joel Condreay with an RBI triple in the fifth inning to build the lead to 3-0. The Pirates added a run in the seventh inning when Spencer Locati reached on a fielder's choice with the bases loaded.
Matthew Nelson led off the eighth inning with a long home run to right-center field. The next four batters reached safely to help plate two more runs before and Locati punctuated the frame with a two-out, two-RBI triple.
Joshua Davis led the Pirates with three hits, and was one of five Pirates to record a multi-hit game. The top five hitters in the Whitworth lineup each had a multi-hit game. Locati recorded four RBIs to lead the Bucs.
Scheibe allowed one hit in five innings of work -- a bunt single -- and fanned 11 of the 15 batters he faced to earn the win. Cory Mack pitched well in relief, allowing one run on three hits in four innings of work.
Game 2: Whitworth 15, Eastern Washington 2 (7 Innings)
Whitworth jumped to a 7-0 lead after two innings and scored in all but one inning during a dominant victory in the second game.
The Pirates recorded seven hits in the first inning to produce six runs. Garrett Hughes led off the bottom of the first inning with a double before Brett Moser followed with a single. A triple by Davis cleared the bases and Davis later scored on a wild pitch. JT Phelan, Condreay and Locati added RBI hits in the inning.
Davis led off the second inning with a double and scored on an RBI single from Jeremy Druffel to build the lead to 7-0.
The Pirates connected for seven hits between in the fifth and sixth innings, adding four more runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Hughes and Moser were each 3 for 5 with three runs scored to lead the Pirates. Davis was 2 for 2 with four RBIs. The Whitworth offense produced 19 hits to follow a 14-hit performance in the opener.
Whitworth starter Spencer Ansett earned the victory, pitching five innings and allowing one run on two hits with five strikeouts. Nick Scourey worked two innings in relief, striking out two and allowing one run and one hit.