ANTHEM, Ariz. - Erik Korsmo continued to swing a hot bat for Whitman College, but the University of La Verne got a pair of three-run home runs from Matt Surina in a 9-2 baseball victory over the Missionaries here Friday morning at the Arizona Desert Classic.
Korsmo, a junior catcher, rapped four hits in four trips, giving him eight hits in his first 10 at-bats in Whitman's first two games.
The Missionaries snatched an early lead with a run in the top of the first inning.
Sophomore Eric Tolleson drew a one-out walk and senior Blaine Mercado and Korsmo followed with singles to load the bases for senior Joe Rodhouse. Rodhouse got a run across with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Sophomore Peter Olson started on the mound for Whitman and blanked the Leopards on three singles through the first two innings.
Olson ran into trouble in the third as La Verne strung together four hits, the last of which Surina's first round-tripped, to move in front 4-1.
Freshmen hurlers Tyler Grisdale and Justin Weeks held La Verne at bay over the next three innings, giving up no runs and just one hit.
The Leopards pounced again, scoring five runs in the seventh and eighth frames to put this one away.
Whitman tallied its second run in the eighth inning when Tolleson doubled to right-center and scored on Korsmo's single to right field.
Rodhouse finished with two of Whitman's nine hits.
Friday's game conditions included sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70s.
Whitman continued tournament play with a Saturday battle against Occidental College.
La Verne 9, Whitman 2
Whitman 100 000 010 - 2 9 1
La Verne 004 000 23x - 9 15 1
Olson, Grisdale (4), Weeks (6), Tolleson (7) and Korsmo. Baudino, Cerafice (7), Contreras (9) and Moralez.
HR - La Verne: Surina 2.
Hits - Whitman: Tolleson, Mercado, Korsmo 4, Rodhouse 2, Kitamura. La Verne: Munoz 2, Hattabaugh 2, Peinado 3, Coopman 2, Surina 2, Belcher 2, Longnecker 2.