Whittier, Calif. - The Whitworth baseball team scored four runs in the seventh inning during a 9-7 come-from-behind win to complete a series sweep of Whittier on Sunday at Memorial Field.
Whitworth (4-0) came back from a deficit twice during the game to top Whittier (0-3) for a third time on the weekend, following a season-opening win at Cal Lutheran.
Whittier put three runs across the plate via two home runs in the third inning to take the lead. Andrew Fierro connected for a leadoff home run before Jake Raynaud belted a two-run home run with two outs in the inning.
The Pirates responded quickly in the top half of the fourth inning with two runs. Matthew Nelson's leadoff triple was followed by a RBI double from Jordan McGowan. Jacob Yamane was then hit by a pitch to put two runners on base. Whittier starter Matthew Macey retired the next two batters before Nate Lamberty delivered a single to score McGowan and bring Whitworth within 3-2.
Whitworth threatened again in the fifth inning, loading the bases with no outs before reliever Justin Ushio induced a 5-2-3 double play. The Pirates took advantage of a two-out error on a ball hit to the second baseman by Yamane, as two runs scored on the play for a 4-3 lead.
The lead held until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Poets plated two runs. A leadoff walk followed by a sacrifice bunt gave Whittier a runner in scoring position and Max Bradshaw followed with a RBI single. Bradshaw reached second base on the single due to an error and later scored on a two-out single by Fierro to take a 5-4 lead.
In the seventh, Nelson was hit by a pitch to start the frame before McGowan reached on an error. Yamane singled to score Nelson and tie the game at 5-5.
Whitworth rallied with two outs later in the frame as Nicholas Nerud delivered a two-RBI single to bring home McGowan and Yamane for a 7-5 advantage. Skyler Lookabill then pinch ran for Nerud, reaching second on a passed ball before scoring on a single by Joel Condreay to extend the lead.
Whittier cut the lead to 8-6 with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning but a Nelson solo home run re-extended the lead to three runs in the top of the eighth.
Three walks loaded the bases for Whittier in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Poets pushed one run across with a fielder's choice. But Nelson, who came on in relief during the inning, induced a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Five Pirates had multi-hit games. Nelson was 2 for 4 with a walk, four runs scored and one RBI.
The Pirate embark on a second non-conference trip next weekend, traveling to Texas. Whitworth will take on Southwestern, Emory, Mary Hardin-Baylor and Concordia (Tex.) during the trip.