Whitworth Sweeps Whitman, Sets School Record

Whitworth Sweeps Whitman, Sets School Record

WALLA WALLA, Wash. - Whitworth opened the Northwest Conference schedule with a pair of commanding victories in a doubleheader at Whitman on Saturday, taking the opener 8-1 before setting a school record for runs scored in a game with a 29-6 victory in the nightcap.

Whitworth (7-3, 2-0 NWC) extended its win streak to six games with the sweep of Whitman (1-8, 0-5). The teams will conclude the series with a single game Sunday at noon.

Joel Condreay went 7 for 8 with six RBIs, three runs scored and a walk to lead the Pirates in the doubleheader. Joshua Davis finished 6 for 10 with a walk, four runs scored and two RBIs.

Game 1: Whitworth 8, Whitman 1

Whitworth starter Dan Scheibe struck out 10 batters over seven innings pitched and the Pirates scored five late runs to pull away from the Missionaries in the series opener.

Davis brought home Dalton Carter with an RBI single in the first inning to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Whitworth doubled the lead in the third inning when Davis scored on a wild pitch.

The Pirates built the lead to 3-0 in the sixth inning after Nick Motsinger scored Jeremy Druffel with an RBI single.

Whitman's Adrian Vela homered in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase the shutout before the Pirates began to pull away with two runs in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth.

A two-out rally provided the offense in the eighth inning as Nate Lamberty doubled with two outs before Garrett Hughes followed with an infield single and stole second to put two runners in scoring position. Skyler Lookabill then reached on an error, bringing home two runs.

Whitworth produced four consecutive hits to begin the ninth inning, highlighted by a two-run triple down the right field line from Druffel. Druffel later scored on a single by Condreay.

Scheibe (3-0) recorded a double-digit strikeout total for the second consecutive start, allowing one run on five hits and walking none. Carson Blumenthal pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

Whitman starter Robert Maislin (1-1) went six innings, striking out six and allowing three runs (two earned).

Davis finished 3 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead Whitworth. Druffel was 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBIs while JT Phelan (2-5, run) and Motsinger (2-4, RBI) also helped lead the offense.

Game 2: Whitworth 29, Whitman 6

Condreay went 6 for 6 with five RBIs and three runs scored to lead a record-setting offensive performance as the Pirates totaled 30 hits and scored in all but one inning during the nightcap.

Whitworth led 3-2 after two innings before rallying for three runs with two outs in the third inning. Thomas Wakem and Condreay each hit run-scoring doubles to highlight the third frame.

The Missionaries responded with two runs in the bottom of the third before Whitworth began to pull away, adding two runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth to build an 11-4 advantage. An RBI single from Phelan and an RBI double from Druffel highlighted the fourth inning while a two-RBI single by Carter punctuated the three-run fifth inning.

Whitworth pushed across 18 runs over the final three innings, scoring five times in the seventh inning, seven times in the eighth inning and six times in the ninth inning.

The first four Whitworth hitters in the seventh inning reached safely. Carter and Motsinger each had an RBI hit in the frame. Four hits, four walks and a hit by pitch in the eighth fueled the offense before six more hits in the ninth inning helped the offense continue to roll.

Nick Scourey started for the Pirates and allowed four runs (two earned) over 3 ⅔ innings pitched. T.J. Orchard relieve Scourey, tossing 2 ⅓ innings and surrendering one run. Arory Milyard pitched the final three innings for the Pirates, holding the Missionaries to one run on two hits.

Fifteen Whitworth batters recorded at least one hit, including four hitters with three or more hits in the contest. Condreay reached safely in each plate appearance, leading the Pirates with six hits (three doubles) and walking once. Lookabill (3-4, run, RBI), Davis (3-5 two runs, RBI), Phelan (3-5, three runs, three RBIs) and Wakem (3-6, three runs, RBI) helped lead the offense as well.

Saturday's record-setting showcase continued a strong start to the season for the Whitworth offense. The Pirates have scored at least five runs in all but one game this season.

Paul Heywood was 3 for 4 with two runs scored to lead Whitman.