Pfeffer Powers Pirates at CLU on Saturday

Tyler Pfeffer bats in the third inning.
Tyler Pfeffer bats in the third inning.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Tyler Pfeffer drove in eight runs to lead visiting Whitworth to a win and a tie in a non-conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday at California Lutheran University.  The Pirates won the opener 13-8 and the second game finished 7-7 when darkness forced the game to end after nine innings.

Pfeffer went 7-10 at the plate with a double and a home run for Whitworth (1-1-1). 

Game 1 – Whitworth 13, CLU 8
The Pirates jumped out to leads of 6-0 and 10-4 before holding off the Kingsmen in Saturday's opener.  Pfeffer went 5-5 with the first four of his RBIs on the day.

Pfeffer's RBI single in the third inning gave Whitworth a 2-0 lead and he had another RBI single during the Pirates' four-run fourth inning that increased the advantage to 6-0.

CLU tallied four runs in the bottom of the fourth to pull within 6-4.  Nick DeLoren had a two-run single for the Kingsmen.

The Bucs rallied for three runs in the sixth.  Pfeffer and Justin Liu had RBI singles in the inning.  Gerhard Muelheims added an RBI hit in the seventh to increase the lead to 10-4. 

Pfeffer's RBI double highlighted the three-run ninth for Whitworth.  Muelheims drove in another run with a sacrifice fly that gave the Bucs a 13-5 lead.

CLU closed within 13-8 with three runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Nick Boggan had a two-run homer in the inning.  But Michael Renner got DeLoren to line out to end the game.

Carson Blumenthal (1-0) went 5.0 innings on the mound for the Bucs, allowing four runs on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks.  Renner got the save with four innings of relief.  He gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits.

Jeremy Druffel went 3-5 with four runs scored from his leadoff spot in the Pirates' lineup.  Muelheims was 2-3, while Josh Davis and Erik Nikssarian each had two hits.  Whitworth had 16 hits in the game.

Game 2 – Whitworth 7, CLU 7 (9 innings, darkness)
Druffel had another three hits and Pfeffer's first home run of the season highlighted the Pirates' 11-hit attack.

Whitworth took a 5-2 lead in the fifth after Pfeffer's three-run homer to right-center field.  But CLU tied the game 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth on RBI doubles by Trevor Koons and DeLoren.

An infield single by Muelheims put the Pirates back up 6-5 in the sixth and Jordan Pearson added a sacrifice fly in the seventh for a 7-5 lead.  But CLU tied the game in the bottom of the eighth and neither team scored in the ninth.

Druffel went 3-4 and scored three more runs while Danny Jordan went 3-5.  Pfeffer was 2-5 with his four RBIs.

Spencer Ansett started on the mound for the Bucs and allowed five runs on eight hits in 4.0 innings.  Zach Scott pitched the final 5.0 innings for Whitworth and gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits.  He struck out five and walked only one batter.

Whitworth will complete its four-game trip to Southern California with a single game at Pomona-Pitzer on Sunday morning at 10:00 am.