SPOKANE, Wash. - Whitworth swept a doubleheader from visiting Puget Sound on Saturday, using a four-run sixth inning on its way to a 6-4 win in the opener before pounding out 19 hits in a commanding 15-2 victory during the nightcap at Merkel Field.
Whitworth (13-8, 7-4 Northwest Conference) moved from fifth to fourth in the conference standings with the victories. Puget Sound (10-10, 8-4) entered the day leading the NWC standings and dropped into a first-place tie with Willamette. The top six teams are all within 1.5 games of one another in a tight NWC race.
The Pirates will attempt to sweep the series Sunday, facing the Loggers at noon in the series finale.
Game 1: Whitworth 6, Puget Sound 4
The Pirates overcame a deficit with four runs in the sixth inning and starting pitcher Dan Scheibe struck out nine over seven innings pitched while holding the Loggers to two earned runs in the opener.
Trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, the first five Pirates to the plate reached safely. Brett Moser was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and stole second before Joshua Davis singled to put runners on the corners. The Pirates tied the game when Thomas Wakem reached on an error, scoring Moser. Joel Condreay followed with a walk to load the bases. Whitworth took the lead when Nick Motsinger was hit by a pitch, forcing home a run.
Two hits to begin the ninth inning helped the Loggers to score a run but Carson Blumenthal entered the game and recorded three consecutive outs to pick up his fourth save of the season.
The Pirates had built an early 2-0 lead in the second inning before Puget Sound rallied to take the lead with two runs in the fourth inning and a run in the fifth inning. Condreay singled before Motsinger doubled to begin the second inning. Condreay later scored on a sacrifice fly from Isa and Motsinger scored on a base hit by Skyler Lookabill.
The Loggers produced three hits and took advantage of two Whitworth errors to tie the contest in the fourth inning. Cal Muramaru doubled with one out in the fifth inning and later scored on a single from Nickolas Alarcio to give the Loggers a 3-2 lead.
Lookabill was 3 for 4 with one RBI while Condreay finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Isa was 2 for 3 with two RBIs to help lead the Pirates.
Scheibe improved to 5-1, allowing nine hits and no walks. He has now recorded four games with eight or more strikeouts this season.
Game 2: Whitworth 15, Puget Sound 2
Spencer Ansett dazzled on the mound and the Pirates built an early lead with five runs in the second inning before pulling away with a pair of four-run innings in the nightcap. A balanced offensive effort helped guide Whitworth to victory with four players producing three or more hits in the win.
The Loggers took a 2-0 lead with three hits in the first inning but the Pirates responded with four hits and took advantage of a Puget Sound error to build a 5-2 advantage in the second inning.
Moser added another RBI single in the third inning before Whitworth struck four more runs in the fifth inning. Consecutive hits followed by a walk began the inning and loaded the bases before Moser produced his third RBI single of the day, extending the lead to 7-2. Lookabill and Motsinger also had RBI singles in the inning and a sacrifice fly from Davis also scored a run in the frame as Whitworth opened a 10-2 advantage.
Whitworth added a second four-run inning in the seventh inning, connecting for five hits. A three-run, bases-clearing double by Wakem highlighted the frame.
Davis hit a solo home run to center field in the eighth inning for his conference-leading seventh home run of the season.
Ansett (2-0) held the Loggers to two runs on eight hits over eight innings pitched with five strikeouts while not allowing a walk. Five Loggers were hit by pitches during the doubleheader but the Whitworth pitching staff did not issue any walks on Saturday.
Moser finished 4 for 5 with three RBIs and two runs scored to lead Whitworth. Lamberty was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored while Condreay was 3 for 4 with three runs. Davis was 3 for 5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.