Whitman picks up first baseball victory of season

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CLAREMONT, Calif. - Jake Nelson tossed six innings of two-run ball and his teammates scored four times with two outs in the sixth inning as Whitman College notched its first baseball victory of the season Sunday morning, beating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 7-3, at the California Classic in Claremont, Calif.

Sunday afternoon, Pomona-Pitzer rallied past Missionary leads to win the game, 10-6.

On Saturday, Whitman had its game against Pomona-Pitzer rained out before C-M-S eked out a 16-15 in 10 innings on Saturday.

In the opening game Sunday, Whitman scored four runs on three hits and two CMS errors in the top of the sixth with the game tied at 2-all.

After Kyle Moyes doubled home the first run, Aaron Cohen walked. Kyle Buckham rapped an RBI-single to the right field, and a second run scored when the ball was misplayed in the outfield.

Chris Andrews drove home the fourth run with another single.

The Stags narrowed the gap to 6-3 with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, but Whitman added an insurance run in the top of the ninth.

Jimmy Madden singled, Jay Richards drew a base on balls and Cam Young walked to load the bases. Erik Korsmo then drew another free pass to force home the run.

Whitman plated its first two runs in the second inning. A Korsmo single and walks to Casey Minnick and Moyes set the table for Cohen's two-run double.

Nelson allowed just one run on four hits over the first four innings. He also surrendered Scott Witte's solo home run in the fifth.

Justin Weeks threw the last three innings, giving up one run on four hits.

Korsmo had three of Whitman's nine hits. Moyes had two hits.

In the second game of the day, Whitman College held leads of 4-2 and 5-4, but Pomona-Pitzer scored runs in the seventh and eighth innings to bag the 10-6 victory.Pomona-Pitzer, now 10-2 on the season, is the defending Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion. The loss dropped Whitman's record to 1-10.

Tristan Gavin started on the mound for Whitman and pitched into the fifth inning. He left with a 4-3 lead after giving up a one-out solo home run and a single.

With two outs in the inning, reliever Sterling Spilinek picked Erik Munzer off first base, but the ball was misplayed for an error, allowing Munzer to reach second base. He then stole third base and scored on another error, squaring the game at 4-4.

Whitman moved back in front with a single run in the top of the sixth. Andrews plated the run with an RBI-single, but a second runner was thrown out at home.

Jimmy Madden followed with a single, and Pomona-Pitzer error loaded the bases with one out. A strike-out and ground-out left all three runners stranded.

The Sagehens took the lead for good with three runs in the seventh. All three runs scored with two outs.

The home team used two hits, two walks, hit-batter and Whitman error to add three more runs in the eighth.

Korsmo, who drew a base on balls to start the ninth, later scored on a single by Cohen. Andrews poked his third single of the game into right field to load the bases, but a ground-out ended the game.

Whitman travels to Tacoma Friday to open its Northwest Conference with a three-game series against Puget Sound.

Whitman 7, CMS 3

Whitman 020 004 001 - 7 9 0

CMS 001 010 010 - 3 11 4

Nelson, Weeks (7) and Korsmo. Hadzinsky, Runde (7) and Bouvier.

HR - none.

Hits - Whit: Madden, Korsmo 3, Moyes 2, Cohen, Buckham, Andrews; CMS: Knowles 2, Gose 2, Witte 2, Watanabe, Varga, Bouvier, Green 2.

Pomona-Pitzer 10, Whitman 6

Whitman 202 001 001 - 6 12 3

Pom-Pit 101 020 33x - 10 13 3

Gavin, Spilinek (5), Weeks (7), Matherly (8) and Korsmo; Stevens, Matthews (5), Majev (6) and Gano (9).

HR - Pom-Pit: Frederick, Gentili.

Hits - Whit: Madden, Richards 2, Young, Korsmo, Minnick, Moyes, Cohen 2, Andrews 3; Pom-Pit: Novom 3, Pokorny, Frederick 2, Munzer 3, Campbell 2, Gentili, Lukas.

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