FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Whitworth swept a doubleheader from Pacific behind a pair of standout pitching performances to halt a three-game losing streak and keep pace in the conference title hunt on Saturday at Chuck Bafaro Stadium. The Pirates claimed the opener, 3-1, before winning the nightcap, 8-2.
Whitworth (22-11, 13-7 Northwest Conference) is currently tied for second place with Linfield in the NWC standings and both teams are one game back of first-place Pacific Lutheran (14-6 NWC). George Fox (12-8 NWC) and Puget Sound (13-10 NWC) sit just behind the Pirates and Wildcats. Pacific fell to 13-18 overall and 8-12 in conference play.
Pacific and Whitworth conclude the series with a second doubleheader on Sunday. The first contest will be a conference game while the nightcap will be a non-conference matchup.
Game 1: Whitworth 3, Pacific 1
The Pirates scored all three runs in the first inning and Scheibe totaled 11 strikeouts over six shutout innings in the opener.
Joshua Davis and JT Phelan each singled in the first inning before Druffel delivered a two-RBI double down the right-field line. Thomas Wakem produced an RBI single later in the inning to score Druffel.
Each team had only two multi-hit innings during the game as both starting pitchers performed well.
Scheibe (7-2) allowed only two hits and two walks. He recorded his second-highest strikeout total of the season and set down 10 Boxers in a row with a streak that began in the third inning and continued into the sixth inning.
Pacific starter Kyle Treadway (4-5) threw a complete game, allowing nine hits. He struck out eight and walked only two in the tough defeat.
The Boxers rallied for three hits and one run against Blumenthal in the ninth inning. Pacific brought the potential winning run to the plate before a groundout ended the game.
Druffel was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored to lead Whitworth.
Game 2: Whitworth 8, Pacific 2
A seven-run fourth inning fueled the Pirates and Ansett tossed eight strong innings on the mound during the nightcap.
Whitworth collected seven hits in the fourth inning and sent 12 batters to the plate in taking the commanding lead.
Phelan and Druffel hit back-to-back singles to begin the fourth inning and an RBI single by Wakem scored Phelan to put Whitworth on the scoreboard.
Davis then connected for a two-run home run, his ninth of the season, to give Whitworth a 6-0 lead before Druffel added an RBI single later in the frame.
Matthew Nelson led off the sixth inning with a solo home run, his third of the season, to extend the advantage.
A leadoff double and two singles helped the Boxers to plate a run in the seventh inning against Ansett before a fielder's choice and two strikeouts ended the threat.
A one-out single combined with a two-base throwing error gave Pacific a runner at third in the eighth inning and a sacrifice fly brought the Boxers within 8-2.
Ansett (4-1) pitched at least eight innings for the fourth time in his last five starts. The southpaw struck out seven and did not concede a walk, allowing eight hits and two runs (one earned).
Taylor Roelofs pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out the win.
Druffel finished 3 for 3 with a run scored and one RBI. Miller (2-5, two RBIs, run), Nelson (2-5, two runs, RBI) and Nate Lamberty (2 for 4, run) also helped lead the offense.