PORTLAND, Ore. – JR Jarrell's grand slam lifted Whitworth to a 12-8 win over Lewis & Clark in the second game of Saturday's Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader, giving the visiting Pirates a series sweep of the Pioneers. The Bucs won the opener 6-2.
Whitworth is 17-10-1 overall and 11-4 in the NWC, keeping within two games of first place Pacific (13-2) after the Boxers finished off a series sweep of Whitman on Saturday. L&C fell to 6-28 overall and 3-15 in the NWC.
The Pirates will host Central Washington in a make-up non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday before hosting Pacific next weekend in a three-game series that could decide the NWC championship.
Game 1 – Whitworth 6, Lewis & Clark 2
Dan Scheibe dominated seven innings on the mound and Paul Miller and Gerhard Muelheims each had three hits to lead the Pirates to a win in the opener of the doubleheader.
Scheibe improved to 2-2 this season by allowing only one run on five hits over the first seven innings. He struck out 13 batters and walked only one. Jason Renner pitched the final 1.1 innings for the save.
Whitworth finished up with single runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth. Nick Motsinger's infield hit drove the run in the sixth and Michael Takemura was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh. Thomas Wakem drove in the Pirates' final run in the ninth.
Game 2 – Whitworth 12, Lewis & Clark 8 (10 innings)
The Pirates looked on the way to a comfortable sweep with an 8-4 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth. But the Pioneers rallied to tie the game and force a tenth inning before Jarrell drove his grand slam to left field for the winning runs.
After Whitworth took a 3-1 lead in the top of the second, thanks mostly to a two-run double by Muelheims, L&C rallied for three in the bottom of the second to grab a 4-3 advantage.
But the Pirates posted four runs in the third, two on a double by Paul Miller and two more on a single by Erik Nikssarian.
Landon Scott doubled home the Pirates' eighth run in the fourth and it appeared Whitworth was on its way. Especially with Spencer Ansett cruising in relief on the mound. Ansett took over with two out and two on in the third inning and shut the door on the Pioneers through the eighth, retiring 15 out of 16 hitters.
But L&C finally got to Ansett in the ninth. Parker Dane and Michaell Ball had back to back doubles to get the Pioneers within one run. Nick Lavin followed with an RBI double off of Taylor Isadore to tie the game. Renner came in with one out and the winning run on second base. He got a strikeout for the second out and a ground out to end the inning.
A hit batter, bunt single and intentional walk loaded the bases for Landon Scott with one out in the 10th. His line drive was snagged at second base. Jarrell followed with a drive over the left field wall for his second home run of the season.
Renner allowed a one-out single in the bottom of the tenth, but finished up the game to get his second win of the year.