ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Two weeks off may have led to extra rust for the Whitworth baseball team. The visiting Pirates, in their first competition since February 19th, dropped a pair of slugfests at Central Washington on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats (4-8) rallied from an early 4-0 deficit to win the opener 10-7, then held off Whitworth (6-5-1) to win the nightcap 9-7.
The Pirates will open Northwest Conference play next weekend with a three-game series on the road at Puget Sound.
Game 1 – Central Washington 10, Whitworth 7
The Pirates opened a 4-0 lead before the Wildcats rallied for a combined eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings to gain the opener.
Gerhard Muelheims hit his first homer of the season and drove in four runs to lead Whitworth. He had a two-run single in Whitworth's four-run second. He added a two-run homer in the seventh that pulled the Bucs back to within 8-7.
Nick Motsinger also had a pair of hits and an RBI for Whitworth, but the Pirates were out-hit 15-8 in the game.
Brandon Wang had a two-run double for CWU to highlight the five-run fourth. He finished with three RBIs in the game. Brady Kincannon had three doubles for the Wildcats.
Spencer Ansett, dropped to 3-1 with his first loss of the season, pitched four innings and allowed eight earned runs on 11 hits. Brandon Rohde threw six innings to improve to 2-1 for CWU.
Game 2 – Central Washington 9, Whitworth 7
The Pirates rallied from a 6-1 deficit to tie the game with five runs in the fifth inning. But the Wildcats added three more runs then held off a final Whitworth rally in the ninth.
Nick Motsinger went 4-5 with four RBIs, including his first homer of the season, to lead Whitworth at the plate. Joshua Davis also hit his first home run of the season for the Pirates.
The Wildcats outhit the Bucs 14-10. Kincannon added a triple and two more RBIs to lead CWU.
Dan Scheibe (1-1) tossed the first four innings for the Pirates, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits. Ryan Hastings (1-1) threw three innings of relief for CWU to pick up the win.