Whitman strands 12 in 6-5 road loss to Pacific

Whitman loses its fifth one-run game of the season and slides to 4-14 in the NWC.

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FOREST GROVE, Ore. - Whitman College sprayed 14 hits around the park but also stranded 12 runners in dropping a 6-5 Northwest Conference baseball decision to Pacific on Saturday.

Pacific solidified its hold on first place in the NWC standings, improving to 13-2 in league games and 16-9 on the season.

Whitman, which suffered its fifth one-run loss of the season, slid to 4-14 in the NWC and 4-26 overall.

Spencer Hobson posted a quality start on the mound for Whitman, scattering six hits while striking out six over six innings. But Hobson also helped undercut his own effort on the hill, committing three of the six Whitman errors that gave the Boxers five unearned runs.

The Missionaries, who out-hit the Boxers 14-7, opened the game with three straight singles. Hits by freshman Jonny Chow and sophomore Cam Young set the table for freshman Peter Valentine, who drove a run-scoring single to center field.

After Pacific answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, Whitman moved back in front 3-2 with a pair of runs in the top of the second.

Jimmy Madden led off with a single and raced to third when freshman MacLean Harned doubled down the right-field line. Madden scored when Chris Andrews grounded out to shortstop, and Harned trotted home when Young singled through the left side.

Pacific forged a 3-3 deadlock with a run in the third inning, but Whitman made it 4-3 with a run in the fifth. With two outs, sophomore Kyle Moyes walked and later scored on back-to-back singles by Madden and sophomore Chris Konolige.

Two Whitman errors helped the Boxers even the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth. After the Missionaries left two more runners stranded in the top of the sixth, Pacific took charge with two runs on two hits and one error in the bottom of the inning.

Whitman cut its deficit to 6-5 in the eighth with a run on more two-out magic. Chow singled to right, moved to third on Young's single and scored when Valentine singled through the left side. Young and Valentine advanced a base on a balk call, but a strike-out ended the inning.

The Missionaries put the tying run aboard with two outs in the top of the ninth, but a foul pop fly to the first baseman ended the game.

Young had a four-hit day for Whitman while Madden added three more safeties. Chow and Valentine rapped two hits apiece.

While Whitman struggled defensively in the field, Harned had a fine day behind the plate as the Missionary catcher. He gunned down all four of the Boxer runners who attempted to steal bases.

Tristan Gavin relieved Hobson in the seventh, retiring the side in order. With two outs and the bases loaded in the Boxer eighth, senior Jake Nelson came out of the bullpen to get the inning's final out on a ground ball to second.

Whitman returns to Borleske Stadium next weekend for its last three home games of the season. The Missionaries host Willamette for a Saturday doubleheader, starting at noon, before playing a third game against the Bearcats at noon Sunday.

Pacific 6, Whitman 5

Whitman 120 010 010 - 5 14 6

Pacific 201 012 00X - 6 7 1

Hobson, Gavin (7), Nelson (9) and Harned. Fahey, Treadway (6), Van Hoon (8) and Siu.

HR - none.

Hits - Whit: Chow 2, Young 4, Valentine 2, Moyes, Madden 3, Konolige, Harned. Pac: Bradley, Van Hoon 2, Rasmussen, Arakaki, Nagamine, Bridge.

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