George Fox complete Whitman baseball sweep

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WALLA WALLA - After holding off Whitman College 12-5 in the completion of Saturday's rain-suspended second game, George Fox completed its weekend sweep with a 10-2 Northwest Conference baseball victory over the Missionaries Sunday afternoon at Borleske Stadium.

George Fox held a 10-1 lead in Saturday afternoon's second game when it was suspended before Whitman could hit in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Play resumed at 11 a.m. Sunday morning and the Missionaries quickly tacked on two runs. Senior Erik Korsmo singled with one out and trotted home when freshman Cam Young launched his second home run of the season far over the left-field fence.

That cut Whitman's deficit to 10-3, and Whitman nearly scored again in the inning when freshman Kyle Moyes reached on a bunt single and sophomore Chris Andrews walked. After freshman Jimmy Madden lined a ball down the right-field line that fell just foul, he grounded out to second to end the inning.

The Bruins came right back to score two runs in the top of the seventh without benefit of a hit. Three walks and a hit-batter, followed by a passed ball and run-scoring ground-out, allowed George Fox to regain a nine-run cushion at 12-3.

The Whits made more noise in the bottom of the eighth. Young doubled to left, Moyes reached on a George Fox throwing error, and freshman Kyle Buckham chased home a run with another double to left. Andrews singled in a second run, putting runners on first and third, but then was thrown out attempting to steal second base.

In Sunday's regularly scheduled game, four Missionary freshman hurlers had control issues, hitting nine batters and handing out four free passes to help the Bruins post a 10-2 victory and complete their three-game weekend sweep.

George Fox led 3-1 after two innings and then scored four runs in the fifth inning to take command.

George Fox broke through for four runs in the fifth, stretching its lead to 7-1. After Stahl doubled with one out, a base on balls and two hit-batters forced home one run. Israel doubled home two more runs, and a suicide squeeze scored the inning's fourth run.

After the Bruins tacked on two more runs in the seventh, Whitman plated its last run in the bottom of the eighth. Young walked to start the inning, moved to second when Minnick singled to left, and scored when Korsmo's hard grounder shot past the George Fox third baseman into left field.

Whitman heads to Tacoma next weekend for a three-game set against Pacific Lutheran. George Fox returns home to host Whitworth.

Second Game completion

George Fox 500 014 200 - 12 12 2

Whitman 000 102 020 - 5 10 2

Gartner, Clancy (5), Albertson (6), Mason (9) and Gantenbein. Nelson, Matherly (6) and Madden.

HR - Whit: Young.

Hits - GF: Winterstein, Hunter, Stahl, Gantenbein 3, Aldrich, Blankenship 3, Hickok 2. Whit: Cohen, Minnick 2, Korsmo, Young 3, Moyes, Buckham, Andrews.

Third Game

George Fox 030 040 201 - 10 10 3

Whitman 010 000 010 - 2 6 3

Davis, Clancy (3), Snyder (6), Brown (7), Winterstein (9) and Cohen, Spilinek (6), Gain (8), Thomas (9) and Madden, Lari.

HR - none.

Hits - GF: Winterstein, Hunter, Stahl 3, Blankenship, Israel 2, Hickok 2. Whit: Richards, Young, Minnick, Cohen, Buckham, Pentland.

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