Bucs fight back against Boxers

by Kyle Bohigian

The Whitworth Baseball team split a double-header at Pacific University (Ore.) on Saturday, los­ing the first game 2-0, and winning the second 8-2. The first game was dominated by Pacific sophomore Rob Dittrick, who pitched a four hit shutout, and increasing his per­sonal record to 8-2 on the season. Whitworth freshman Tyler Pfeffer had two hits in the game.

The second game was again dom­inated by a pitcher, although this time, it was Whitworth’s turn. Whit­worth senior Eric Anderson pitched a complete game, while only allowing three hits and two runs; Anderson is now 2-0 on the season. Whitworth’s batters had a great day as well; scor­ing eight times on 16 hits. Whitworth freshman Gerhard Muelheims was four for six from the lead-off posi­tion. Whitworth junior Landon Scott added three RBI’s, and Whitworth ju­nior JR Jarrell contributed two RBI’s; both players hit two for four. Whit­worth junior Michael Takemura and senior Nick Ashley each had one RBI.

Sunday the Pirates faced Pacific University once again, and after 11 innings, the Pirates fell to the Box­ers, 5-6.

The Pirates had a rough start after senior pitcher Michael Taylor gave up five runs in just four innings. The Pirates came back later in the game to tie it up at 5-5 before going to ex­tra innings.

Whitworth freshman Ryan Be­liel pitched two solid innings, not allowing a single Boxer on base. Whitworth senior Nathan Johnson also pitched well, only allowing one run in four and a third innings (al­though he did give up the winning run in the eleventh). Takemura had a good day batting, he was five for five with two RBI’s. Whitworth ju­niors Jarrell and Kevin Valerio each had an RBI, and Johnson also con­tributed an RBI.

Whitworth’s overall record now stands at 16-18, and 9-9 in North­west Conference play. The Pirate’s next game is at home against Wil­lamette at noon on Friday, April 22.

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