SPOKANE, Wash. – Landon Scott and Tyler Pfeffer each drilled two-run homers to lead Whitworth to a 7-1 win over visiting Pacific Lutheran on Sunday at Merkel Field, giving the Pirates (11-6-1 overall, 5-1 NWC) a series victory over the Lutes (11-7, 6-3).
Pirate pitchers C.J. Perry and Dan Scheibe combined to scatter eight hits as Whitworth staked an early spot in the chase for the NWC championship.
Scott's second home run of the season gave the Pirates a quick lead. With one out in the bottom of the first, Nick Motsinger drew a walk and Scott followed with his shot to right-center.
Whitworth added a run in the second when three straight singles loaded the bases with one out. PLU was unable to field Motsinger's ball to short and Preston Van Doren scored from third.
Scott led off the bottom of the fifth with a single and Pfeffer drilled his fourth homer of the season to give the Pirates a 5-0 lead.
Brock Gates got the Lutes within 5-1 in the sixth with his fourth home run of the season.
Gerhard Muelheims singled with the bases loaded in the eighth to drive in Whitworth's final two runs of the game.
Perry (2-1) started on the mound for the Pirates and earned the win by giving up no runs despite scattering seven hits. Scheibe tossed the final four innings to pick up the save and the only hit he allowed was the home run by Gates. Scheibe struck out five batters and walked two.
Nathan Eisenhauer (3-1) suffered his first pitching defeat of the season after allowing five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks in four innings. Trevor Lubking threw the final four innings for PLU.
Whitworth is scheduled to host Central Washington on Wednesday in a non-conference doubleheader before traveling to nationally-ranked Linfield next weekend for a three-game NWC series.