by Andrew Goodwin, Sports Information Assistant
SHREVEPORT, La. – Matthew Young allowed just one run in 6.1 innings and six Pirates drove in runs as Whitworth baseball opened its season with a 6-1 victory over the East Texas Baptist Tigers on Friday afternoon.
The Bucs open the season 1-0, while the Tigers drop to 0-1. The two teams will face off again tomorrow afternoon in Whitworth's third game of the Gents Baseball Classic.
The top of the Pirates' lineup went to work early. Poffenroth worked a walk to open the game, and Liam Fitzpatrick doubled him home on the next pitch. Tyler Bailey drove in Whitworth's second run with a single to right-center field, and Spencer Locati knocked in Bailey to give the Bucs a 3-0 advantage.
Condreay extended the lead in the third inning. The senior shortstop homered to right field on a 3-1 pitch, giving the Pirates a four-run lead.
Meanwhile, Matthew Young was lights out on the mound. The sophomore tossed 6.1 innings and gave up just one run on two hits. He struck out nine Tigers and walked just one. ETBU's only run came on a home run from Zach Gartner in the bottom of the seventh inning
Darren Crosby entered to relieve Young after the home run. The senior hit two batters and loaded the bases with two outs, but induced a fly ball to left field to sneak out of the inning.
Whitworth earned the run right back in the top of the eighth inning. JT Phelan reached second base on a fielder's choice and error, and Cody Simmons picked up a two-out RBI with a single to left field. Simmons' RBI gave the Pirates a 6-1 lead.
The five-run advantage was more than enough for Crosby, who settled down after the rocky seventh inning to earn the save. Crosby finished with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed two hits, hit three batters, and struck out one.
Up next, the Pirates remain in Shreveport, La. for the next three games of the Gents Baseball Classic. Tomorrow, Whitworth takes on hosting Centenary at 11:00 a.m. and rematches with ETBU at 2:30 p.m.