Whitworth Completes Rain-Delayed Sweep of UPS

LACEY, Wash. – Tyler Pfeffer drove in nine runs as Whitworth completed a three-game sweep of Puget Sound in a rain-delayed Northwest Conference baseball series on Monday at the Regional Athletic Complex.

The Pirates completed the suspended opener with a 12-10 win in ten innings, then swept Monday's doubleheader 15-8 and 13-7.

Whitworth improved to 9-5-1 overall and 3-0 in the NWC while the Loggers dropped to 3-13-1, 1-5.  The Bucs are scheduled to host Pacific Lutheran (10-5, 5-1) in their home opener next Saturday and Sunday.

Game 1 – Whitworth 12, Puget Sound 10 (10 innings, completed on Monday morning)
After rallying for six runs in the eighth inning on Saturday to force the game into extra innings, it didn't take the Pirates long to pick up the win on Monday. 

Michael Takemura's RBI single drove in the winning run in the top of the 10th and Kevin Valerio scored on Gerhard Muelheim's bunt single for an insurance run.

Valerio went 3-6 with four RBIs in the win, while JR Jarrell also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs.  Muelheims and Landon Scott drove in two runs each.  In Whitworth's big six-run rally on Saturday Jarrell had a two run single and Valerio completed the comeback from a 10-4 deficit with a three-run triple.

Jason Renner (1-0) returned to the mound and finished the game for the Pirates, earning the win in relief.  He did not allow a hit in 2.1 innings and struck out six while walking only one batter.

Game 2 – Whitworth 15, Puget Sound 8
Pfeffer homered and tripled as the Pirates jumped out to a 14-2 lead and held off the Loggers in the first game of Monday's doubleheader.

After picking up an unearned run in the second, Whitworth got three in the third and four in the fourth to break the game open.  Pfeffer's two-run triple was the big blow in the third inning.  Valerio led off the fourth with a triple and scored on a single by Joshua Davis.

Two walks and a hit batter led to Puget Sound's two-run rally in the fourth, but the Pirates took total control in the sixth with six more runs of their own.  Pfeffer stole home when the Bucs pulled off a double steal.  Later in the inning Muelheims had a two-run single and the final two runs scored on Nick Motsinger's double.

Pfeffer's third home run of the season came leading off of the seventh.  Puget Sound added two runs in the seventh, one in the eighth, and two more in the ninth before Taylor Isadore came on to get the final three outs of the game for Whitworth.

Carson Blumenthal (2-1) threw the first six innings for Whitworth, allowing three runs (all earned) on three hits and three walks.  He struck out six batters.

Pfeffer finished the game 3-5 with three RBIs and four runs scored, while Paul Miller also had three hits.  Muelheims and Motsinger each drove in a pair of runs.

Game 3 – Whitworth 13, Puget Sound 7
Trailing 5-2 through six innings, the Pirates rallied to win the series finale by scoring a total of 11 runs over the final three innings.

The Loggers appeared headed to their only win of the series after scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-2 lead.  Casey Coberly and Jake Boley each had two-run singles in the inning for Puget Sound.

Whitworth two runs back in the seventh after two were out.  Motsinger scored on a UPS error and Pfeffer singled in another run.

The big rally came in the eighth when the Pirates plated six runs.  Motsinger's two-run double gave Whitworth the lead and Pfeffer's two-run single increased that lead to three runs later in the inning.

UPS got back within 10-7 in the bottom of the eighth, but the Pirates put the game away in the top of the ninth with their last three runs of the game.  Landon Scott drove in the first two with a single through the left side and Pfeffer completed his outstanding day with a final run-scoring single.

Pfeffer finished the finale 5-6 with five RBIs.  Scott drove in three runs.

C.J. Perry did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and allowed three runs on three hits in 5.1 innings of work.  Landon Scott threw 1.1 innings of relief to pick up his first win on mound, despite giving up the final two UPS runs.  Renner tossed the final 1.1 innings and did not allow a hit to earn his fourth save of the season.  Renner finished the day with 3.2 innings pitched and did not allow a hit.