SPOKANE, Wash. – The Pirates are still unbeaten on Sunday. Whitworth avoided a sweep of its Northwest Conference baseball series against visiting George Fox with a 4-1 win over the Bruins on Sunday afternoon at Merkel Field.
The win improves Whitworth's overall record to 14-9-1 and NWC mark to 8-4. It also makes the Bucs now 5-0-1 on Sunday this season. The Bruins fell to 14-13, 10-5. Both teams remain in the thick of the NWC title chase.
After Whitworth starting pitcher C.J. Perry gave up an unearned run in the top of the first, he and Dan Scheibe teamed to keep George Fox off of the scoreboard the rest of the way. Perry (3-1) went five innings, allowing no earned runs on only three hits. He struck out two and walked none. Scheibe picked up his second save of the season by tossing the final four innings and holding GFU scoreless on four hits. He struck out four and walked none.
After David Greenstein led of the game with a wind-blown double to center field he came around to score on a fielding error at second base. Perry induced Danny Clifford to ground into a double play to avoid any more damage in the inning.
Whitworth tied the game in the third after Erik Nikssarian got to first on a strikeout and wild pitch with one out. A ground out moved him to second and he went to third on a passed ball. After a walk to Nick Motsinger, the Pirates pulled of a double steal to knot the game.
Joshua Davis singled home Landon Scott with the go-ahead run in the fourth. Scott singled home Gerhard Muelheims in the fifth to make it 3-1. Whitworth scored its final run in the seventh when Tyler Pfeffer came home on Preston Van Doren's squeeze bunt.
George Fox had two runners on base in both the seventh and ninth innings, but Scheibe got out of trouble both times with key strikeouts.
Tom Zarosinski (1-4) pitched well for five innings, but still took the loss. He allowed three runs (two earned) on only three hits with four strikeouts and three walks. Eric Kittleson pitched a scoreless sixth and Clay Gartner gave up one run over the final two innings.
Greenstein finished 2-4 with a run scored to lead the Bruins at the plate.
Davis finished 3-4 with an RBI to lead the Pirates. Scott was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Whitworth will play a non-conference game at NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State on Tuesday before heading to Portland for a three-game NWC series at Lewis & Clark next weekend.