PORTLAND - A pair of five-run innings, one in each end of Saturday's doubleheader, carried Whitman College to 7-5 and 9-7 Northwest Conference baseball victories over Lewis & Clark.
Whitman goes for the series sweep against Lewis & Clark when the two teams meet again at noon today.
Improving to 3-2 in the NWC, the Missionaries rose to fourth place in the early season conference standings. Lewis & Clark slipped to 2-3 in conference.
Down 5-2 in the opener, Whitman pushed across five runs in the top of the eighth to pull out the victory. Sophomore Eric Tolleson and senior Brian Kitamura both smacked two-run singles in the big inning.
After junior Erik Korsmo led off the inning with a double, senior Blaine Mercado singled and senior Jason Sease walked to load the bases. Senior Mitch Hannoosh then was hit by a pitch to force home the inning's first run.
Korsmo, who caught the first seven innings, pitched the last two frames, getting six consecutive outs to post the save. He struck out two.
After Sease tossed the first three innings for Whitman, freshman John Nortz threw the next four to register his first collegiate pitching victory. Nortz gave up lead-off singles in the fourth and fifth innings, but Korsmo gunned down both runners attempting to steal second base.
After coming from behind to win the opener, Whitman jumped on top in the nightcap, scoring three runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to build a 9-4 lead.
Tolleson started on the mound and went six innings, scattering five hits and giving up four runs (three earned) while fanning four to get the win. After Nortz returned to the hill to throw two more innings, Korsmo relieved again in the ninth to record his second save of the day.
Whitman 000 200 050 - 7 7 2
Lewis & Clark 210 002 000 - 5 8 1
Sease, Nortz (4), Korsmo (8) and Korsmo, Weeks (8). King, Rager (7), Greene (8), Ball (8) and Wertz.
HR - Lewis & Clark, Ball, Dane.
Hits - Whitman: Kitmura 2, Tolleson, Korsmo, Mercado, Sease, Rodhouse. Lewis & Clark: Ball 2, Wertz 2, Morgan, Laurence, Dane, Perez.
Whitman 001 035 000 - 9 9 2
Lewis & Clark 010 300 012 - 7 8 3
Tolleson, Nortz (7), Korsmo (9) and Weeks. La Douceur, Kawashima (6), Gujral (9), Laurence (9) and Frisina.
HR - none.
Hits - Whitman: Richards 3, Korsmo 3, Kitamura, Mercado, Sease. Lewis & Clark: Frisina 2, Perez 2, Ball, Morgan, Greene, Holman.