LOS ANGELES – Four runs each in the third and sixth innings helped lift visiting Whitworth to a 10-7 victory at Occidental College on Saturday and giving the Pirates a split of the non-conference doubleheader and a win in the three-game series.
Whitworth concludes the weekend 2-2 and the Tigers are 3-2.
Game 1 – Occidental 2, Whitworth 1
The Pirates outhit the Tigers 6-3, but a walk proved the difference as both teams hit one home run.
Whitworth took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on Landon Scott's first home run of the season leading off. Occidental got a leadoff walk from A.J. Libunao. He moved to second on a failed pick off and to third on a fly ball. He then scored the tying run on a ground ball. That run became earned when catcher Victor Munoz homered to left field.
That was all the runs either team would allow. Whitworth had the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh, but left them all stranded.
Pirate starting pitcher C.J. Perry went 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on only three hits. Taylor Isadore threw 3.2 innings of hitless relief for the Bucs.
Joseph Kling went 6.2 innings on the mound for the Tigers, earning his second win of the season.
Game 2 – Whitworth 10, Occidental 7
The Pirate bats came alive for the first time in 2012 as Whitworth scored 10 runs on 16 hits against five different Tiger pitchers. Landon Scott led the way with three hits and three runs batted in.
After Occidental pulled within 4-3 in the fourth, the Pirates added two more runs in the top of the fifth on Michael Takemura's two-run double.
Whitworth broke the game open in the sixth with four more runs. Scott's RBI single plated the first run and an error brought home Kevin Valerio. JR Jarrell's sac fly drove in the third run and Motsinger added his second run-scoring single of the game to give the Bucs a 10-3 lead.
Whitworth had to hold on as Oxy added two runs in the bottom of the sixth and single runs in the seventh and ninth innings.
Jason Renner threw the last two innings for Whitworth and allowed only one run to pick up his second save of the weekend. Brandon Ellendt tossed 1.1 innings in relief of starter Carson Blumenthal and did not allow a run, picking up the win.
Next weekend the Pirates will host the Swing into Spring baseball tournament at Gesa Stadium – home of the Tri-Cities Dust Devils - in Pasco, Washington.