LEWISTON, Idaho – Whitworth dropped a heart-breaking 9-8 decision at 12th-ranked Lewis-Clark State (NAIA) in 13 innings in a non-conference baseball game on Tuesday night at Harris Field.
The Pirates (14-10-1) rallied in the seventh and eighth innings to take an 8-5 lead, then saw the Warriors (26-8) rally for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning before scoring the winning run on a bases-loaded walk.
Trailing 3-0 in the seventh inning, Whitworth rallied for five runs. The Pirates loaded the bases with none out before Landon Scott was hit by a pitch to drive in the first run. Paul Miller followed with an RBI single. One out later Scott scored on JR Jarrell's ground out to shortstop to tie the game. Josh Davis completed the scoring with his two-run single up the middle.
The Warriors tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh, thanks in part to an RBI double by Eric Peterson.
But Whitworth continued its rally in the eighth with three more runs thanks to three LCSC errors. With two runners on base and Scott at the plate, an error at third base allowed Scott to reach and Tyler Pfeffer to score. Nick Motsinger came around to score at the end of the same play when the ball was not fielded properly in left field. Scott scored the final run when a throwing error allowed Paul Miller's bunt single to go for extra bases.
LCSC loaded the bases with none out in the ninth. Whitworth made a big play when Jarrell fielded a ball at first and turned it into a first base-to-home double play. But Jordan Payne followed with a two-run double and an error in right field allowed the tying run to score.
Whitworth had a runner on base in each of the next three innings, but could not score.
LCSC scored the winning run after there were two outs and no one on base in the 13th inning. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases for pinch hitter Brandon Buffton. Buffton took a bases-loaded walk on a 3-2 count to force in the winning run.
Nick Scourey allowed three runs on six hits in three innings as the Whitworth starting pitcher. Taylor Isadore threw the next four innings and gave up two runs on four hits. Nick Combo was the pitcher of record in the 13th and fell to 0-1.
Zach Clanton (4-0) earned the win in relief by pitching the final two innings.
Pfeffer went 3-6 at the plate for Whitworth, while Miller was 2-2 with an RBI and a run scored.
Payne finished 3-7 at the plate with two RBIs for LCSC.
Whitworth returns to Northwest Conference play with a three-game series at Lewis & Clark this weekend. The teams will play a single game on Friday and two games on Saturday.