WALLA WALLA, Wash. - The Whitworth baseball team extended its win streak to six games and swept a doubleheader against Whitman with a pair of non-conference victories at Borleske Stadium on Wednesday. The Pirates claimed the opener, 11-5, before taking the nightcap, 10-6.
Whitworth (16-8, 8-4 NWC) has now scored double-digit runs in four consecutive games and five of the last six contests overall. Whitman (4-16, 3-11) fell to 1-4 against Whitworth this season after losing two of three to the Pirates in a three-game conference series that took place Feb. 28 and March 1.
The Pirates travel to Oregon to face Lewis & Clark in a four-game series on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The first three games in the series against the Pioneers will count toward the conference record and the fourth will be a non-conference contest.
Game 1: Whitworth 11, Whitman 5
The Pirates broke a 5-5 tie with a run in the eighth inning and pulled away with a five-run ninth inning in the opener.
The five-run rally in the ninth inning began with a double by Jeremy Druffel and intentional walk to Joshua Davis. Each runner advanced a base with a wild pitch before Matthew Nelson brought home both runners with a base hit up the middle.
Whitman had scored once in the first inning to take a lead before the Pirates rallied with one run apiece in the fourth and fifth innings and produced a three-run sixth inning.
A leadoff double by Druffel in the fourth eventually came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Nelson. The run in the fifth inning was scored by Nick Motsinger, who led off with a single and stole second before advancing to score following a pair of wild pitches.
After Whitman struck for a run in the bottom of the fifth, Condreay singled home Thomas Wakem in the sixth inning and Lookabill added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to score Condreay.
The Missionaries had 10 wild pitches in the game, two of which came in the sixth inning along with a passed ball and an error. The miscues helped the Pirates extend their lead to 5-2 in the inning as Miller scored on a pair of wild pitches, just as Motsinger had during the previous inning.
Whitman rallied for three runs on three hits against the Whitworth bullpen in the seventh inning to tie the game before the Pirates pulled away in the final two innings.
Carson Blumenthal (2-0) earned the win for Whitworth, pitching the final three innings. He allowed no runs and just four hits.
Druffel (2-4, walk, two runs) and Wakem (2 for 5, run) each had multi-hit games for Whitworth.
Whitman outhit Whitworth 15 to 12, but left 12 runners on base compared with eight for the Pirates.
Game 2: Whitworth 10, Whitman 6
The Pirates scored early and often, building a 6-0 lead by the fourth inning before holding off a late rally by the Missionaries. Whitworth put constant pressure on the Whitman pitching staff, scored in five consecutive innings spanning the second through sixth innings.
Garrett Hughes scored Isa with a RBI double in the second inning to give Whitworth a lead. Hughes then stole third before scoring on a wild pitch.
A bases-loaded throwing error helped Whitworth to plate one run in the third inning for a 3-0 lead before the advantage doubled in the fourth inning.
Singles by Dalton Carter and Druffel opened the fourth inning before Davis followed with a run-scoring single. Druffel and Davis each advanced a base via a wild pitch before Nelson delivered his second two-RBI single of the day for a 6-0 lead.
Whitman pushed across one run in the fourth inning but Druffel's second hit of the game scored Isa in the fifth inning and Isa added a RBI groundout in the sixth inning to build Whitworth's lead to 8-1.
The Missionaries strung together three hits to score two runs in the seventh inning and come within 8-3. But once again the Pirates responded, scoring twice in the eighth inning on one hit and one error along with two walks and a hit by pitch to reach double-digit runs for the fourth consecutive game.
Whitman rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs before a groundout ended the game.
Tyler VonDracek (1-0) was credited with the win, allowing two runs on four hits in three innings pitched. VonDracek relieved starter Nick Scourey, who pitched four innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits. JT Phelan, Brad Tiefenthaler and Nelson each contributed in the relief effort as well.
Davis finished 4 for 6 with two runs and one RBI to help lead the Pirates at the plate.