SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth baseball team returns to action this weekend with a four-game series at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. The Pirates have not played since Feb. 7-9 in Southern California.
Live Results: There are no live links (stats or video) available from Caldwell this weekend. However, there will be frequent updates posted on the C of I twitter feed (@CoyoteAthletics).
The Pirates: Whitworth is 2-2 following the four-game trip to California. While the Pirate bats got off to a very hot start, the pitching and defense had some early-season jitters.
Whitworth took two of three games at Pomona-Pitzer, posting 28 runs against the Sagehens. The Bucs then dropped the one game at Occidental 8-7 after taking an early 6-1 lead.
Hot Hitting: Whitworth hit .299 as a team in California with 15 doubles in four games. The Bucs plated 35 runs. Tyler Pfeffer led the way, hitting .471 with a home run and seven RBIs. Thomas Wakem batted .444 with three doubles and a homer.
Clean it Up: The Bucs will look to clean up some sloppy play on defense. Whitworth committed 11 errors in the four games, including eight at Occidental – which led directly to the Tigers' comeback victory.
Finding the Zone: Whitworth pitchers were effective overall in California, but struggled at times finding the strike zone. The Pirates walked 33 batters in 34.1 innings pitched and hit eight batters for a total of 41 free passes. Carson Blumenthal had Whitworth's best start on the mound, allowing one run on five hits in five innings, but did not get a decision at Pomona-Pitzer. He came out of the game because Whitworth coaches kept the starters on a short pitch count. Taylor Isadore was strong in relief, posting a 1.50 ERA in three appearances with one save.
The Coyotes: College of Idaho Is 4-4 this season. The Coyotes opened the season Feb. 2-3 in California and went 4-0. They played last weekend in rainy Portland and went 0-4, dropping two games each to Concordia and George Fox.
C of I is hitting .220 as a team with 3B Mitch Skaggs hitting .417 with ten RBIs. The 'Yotes have a team ERA of 4.85.
Last Time: Whitworth's last meetings with C of I came in 2011. The Coyotes took three of four games in the series played in Caldwell, Idaho.
Coming Up Next: Whitworth makes a rare return trip to California Feb. 28 – March 2. The Pirates will play three games at Whittier and a single contest at California Lutheran.