ELLENSBURG, Wash. - The Whitworth pitching staff combined for a two-hitter in the nightcap as visiting Whitworth topped Central Washington University, 5-1, to earn a split of a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at the CWU Baseball Field. The Wildcats won the opener, 14-7.
Central Washington (8-6) marked the final non-conference opponent on the Whitworth schedule, as the Pirates now turn their attention to NWC opponents for the remainder of the regular season. Whitworth returns to action later this week, hosting George Fox at Merkel Field on Saturday and Sunday.
Game 1: Central Washington 14, Whitworth 7
Central Washington pulled away late by scoring six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to claim the opener.
The Wildcats led 8-3 after four innings before Whitworth rallied with four runs in the top of the sixth inning to cut the deficit to a run.
Lookabill bunted for a base hit with one out in the sixth and Spencer Locati followed with a walk. Davis then smacked his fourth home run of the season to right field, bringing the Pirates within 8-6. Thomas Wakem added an RBI single later in the inning, scoring Jeremy Druffel.
The Pirates were set down in order in the seventh and eighth innings before Central Washington rallied for six runs in the eighth inning.
Central Washington's Ryan Archibald hit a solo home run to begin the scoring and six of the next seven hitters following Archibald reached safely to provide the rally. In all, the Wildcats produced a single, two doubles a triple and a home run in the inning.
Wakem finished 3 for 5 with an RBI while Lookabill was 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
Game 2: Whitworth 5, Central Washington 1
Orchard (3-0) pitched the first three innings, recording two strikeouts and allowing one run on one hit via a solo home run. Scourey relieved Orchard, holding the Wildcats hitless in three scoreless innings and striking out two batters. Blumenthal closed out the game to preserve the win, allowing only one hit via an infield single.
Whitworth scored the first runs in the nightcap, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Paul Miller scored Nate Lamberty with an RBI double and Lookabill scored later in the inning on a passed ball.
Central Washington's Mitchell Darlington homered to cut the lead in half during the bottom of the third before Whitworth responded to extend the lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning.
Wakem reached on error to begin the fourth inning before Condreay doubled to put two runners in scoring position. An RBI groundout by Brett Moser brought home Wakem. A pair of bases-loaded walks cushioned the lead in the fifth inning for the Pirates.
Miller was 2 for 3 with a run scored and RBI for Whitworth. Lookabill was 1 for 4 with two runs scored.