Whitworth Wins Opener, Drops Nightcap

Whitworth Wins Opener, Drops Nightcap

CALDWELL, Idaho – Whitworth University opened the 2019 baseball season with an 11-0 win over College of Idaho, but the Pirates dropped the second game of the road doubleheader 7-6 when they couldn't hold a 5-0 lead.

Nicholas Nerud drove in four runs for Whitworth in the doubleheader.

The Bucs (1-1) and Coyotes (4-6) will complete the non-conference series with a second doubleheader on Saturday.  The set was condensed to avoid expected severe weather late Saturday into Sunday.

Game 1 – Whitworth 11, C of Idaho 0
Matthew Young threw seven shutout innings and Nicholas Nerud went 4-5 with three runs batted in to lead the Pirates to their season-opening victory.

The Bucs took advantage of six College of Idaho errors in the win.

Jaxsen Sweum scored Whitworth's first run of the season in the first inning of the game.  After reaching on an error, he eventually scored on a wild pitch.  His RBI ground out in the second drove in the Pirates' third run.

Nerud added a two-run single in the fifth inning.  Nerud's third RBI of the game came in Whitworth's four-run sixth inning that broke the game open.

Tyler Bailey's second run-scoring single of the contest made it 10-0 in the seventh, and Sweum's RBI single in the eighth drove in the Pirates' final run.

That was way more offense than Young would need as he limited the Coyotes to three hits over seven innings to get the win.  He struck out six batters without a walk.  Tim Bever tossed the final two frames.

Game 2 – C of Idaho 7, Whitworth 6
The Coyotes scored an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth to rally from an early 5-0 deficit.  The Pirates committed three errors, leading to three unearned runs.

Whitworth scored two in the fourth when Bailey singled in a run and Taylor Poffenroth scored on Spencer Locati's ground out.  Nerud's fourth RBI of the game started the Pirates' three-run fifth inning rally.  Liam Fitzpatrick followed with a two-run double.

The Coyotes scored single runs in the fifth and sixth to pull within 5-2.  Poffenroth answered with an RBI single to center field in the top of the seventh that drove in Sweum.  However, Fitzpatrick was tagged out at the plate trying to score from second on the play, ending the inning.

College of Idaho tied the game in the seventh with four runs, including three on Dylan Mansanarez's bases-loaded double.  His infield single in the ninth led to a Whitworth throwing error that allowed the winning run to score.

Austin Rice started on the mound for Whitworth and allowed only two runs (one earned) on six hits in 5.1 innings.  Darren Crosby gave up four runs (three earned) on three hits in 1.2 innings of relief and Connor Grytdal suffered the loss when he gave up the unearned run in the ninth. 

Austin Van Horne (2-0) got the win with two innings of hitless relief in the eighth and ninth.