Baseball Splits Sunday, Takes Series

Baseball Splits Sunday, Takes Series

SPOKANE, Wash. – Tyler Bailey went 3-4 with three RBIs to lead Whitworth to a 15-6 win over visiting Puget Sound in the finale of a three-game Northwest Conference baseball series on Sunday afternoon at Merkel Field.  The Loggers won Sunday's opener 6-5, but the Pirates took the series 2-1.

Whitworth is now 12-13 overall and 7-7 in the NWC while Puget Sound is 13-11, 7-7.

Whitworth will play a makeup game at Whitman College on Tuesday afternoon before heading to Portland for a three-game NWC series at Lewis & Clark on Friday and Saturday.

Game 1:  Puget Sound 6, Whitworth 5
Whitworth had the tying run at third base with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Logger reliever Dakota Marley induced a game-ending double play to preserve the victory.

Nick Ultsch and Tyler Brazelton had RBI singles in the top of the first inning to give Puget Sound an early 2-0 lead.  Liam Fitzpatrick tied the game for the Pirates with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third, his second homer of the season. 

Ultsch gave Puget Sound the lead back in the top of the fifth with a double that drove in Kyle Strash and Jack Gries.  The Pirates answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to take their first lead.  The first scored when Joel Condreay's liner was mishandled by the second baseman.  Cael McCeirnan and JT Phelan followed with RBI singles.

Puget Sound tied the game in the top of the sixth on an RBI triple by Gries, who then scored the eventual game-winning run on a grounder to short by Strash.

Whitworth had the tying run in scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings, but could not get the run home.

Michael Warnick threw 7.2 innings in his start for Puget Sound and improved to 5-1 after allowing five runs (2 earned) on six hits.  He struck out eight and walked five.  Marley's save was his second of the season.

Brady Simmelink was the Pirates' starting pitcher and he allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits in four innings.  T.J. Orchard (1-3) took the hard-luck loss in relief after allowing two runs on three hits in five strong innings of work.

Game 2: Whitworth 15, Puget Sound 6
The Pirates jumped to a 9-1 lead after two innings and held off a Logger comeback attempt in the middle of the game to claim the series rubber match.

Whitworth drove Puget Sound starter Makoa Mau from the game in the second inning after scoring three in the first and six more in the second.  Bailey had an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the second to key the offensive attack.  Joel Condreay walked and singled and scored twice in the first two innings.

Puget Sound pulled to within 10-6 in the top of the fifth before Whitworth pulled away again.  The Pirates scored three runs in the seventh, two on Casey Isa's first home run of the season.  Cody Simmons followed with a solo shot, his second homer of the year.

Bailey and Simmons finished with three hits each in the win.  Ben Wintringer had a pair of hits and scored three runs.

Matthew Young started for Whitworth, but didn't factor into the pitching decision after allowing six runs on 12 hits in four innings.  Darren Crosby earned his first win of the season with four innings of one-hit relief.  Jake Briones finished up in the ninth.

Mau fell to 3-2 after allowing nine runs on six hits in 1.1 innings of work.  Five Loggers followed in relief.