by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
FOREST GROVE, Ore. – The Whitworth Pirates doubled home all five of their runs in their second game to earn a split against Pacific (Ore.) and Pacific Lutheran on Saturday evening.
Whitworth is now 3-4 on the season. Though both games came against Northwest Conference competition, neither count as NWC contests. The Pirates will look to even their record against Linfield on Sunday afternoon.
Game 1: Pacific (Ore.) 4, Whitworth 1
After taking an early lead, Whitworth's bats fell silent and the Bucs dropped game one.
The Pirates scored their lone run in the third inning. Nicholas Nerud poked a single into right field and advanced to third on a pair of groundouts from Tayler Poffenroth and Cael McKiernan. Joel Condreay gave Whitworth the early lead when he knocked a two-out single into left-center field to score Nerud.
Max Nealon tied the game for the Boxers in the next inning. With runners on first and second, Nealon sent a two-out single into center field, scoring Joey Galeno and evening the score.
The Boxers took the lead in the sixth inning thanks to a three-run double from Dylan Wright. After getting the first two outs of the inning, Hugh Smith loaded the bases on two walks and a single. Wright drove in all three with the go-ahead double. Smith settled down to escape the inning with the Bucs trailing 4-1.
The three-run lead was all Casey Brown and the Boxers needed. Brown tossed seven innings and allowed just one run to earn the win. Cole Kanazawa threw two scoreless innings in relief to earn the save.
Ryan Kingma got the start for Whitworth. The junior went five innings and allowed a single, unearned run. He allowed six hits and struck out four Boxers. Smith was hit with the loss, though he threw two scoreless innings after allowing the go-ahead double in his first outing of the year.
Game 2: Whitworth 5, PLU 2
The Pirate offense came back to life in game two as the Bucs doubled their way to a win.
PLU took an early lead when Marques Carl singled in Austin Gormley in the first inning, but the Bucs bounced back with a pair of runs in the third. Casey Isa and Cael McKeirnan walked, setting the table for JT Phelan. Phelan doubled, giving Whitworth a 2-1 lead.
The Bucs tacked on two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings. After Taylor Poffenroth walked and advanced to second on a passed ball, Joel Condreay doubled him home. In the sixth, Cody Simmons doubled in Mathew Pulliam to extend the advantage to 4-1.
Next up, Whitworth remains in Portland to take on Linfield tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.