CALDWELL, Idaho - College of Idaho used a three-run sixth inning to break open a close contest and hand Whitman College a 6-2 loss in the seven-inning nightcap here Sunday afternoon in a non-league baseball doubleheader.
The NAIA-affiliated Coyotes won the nine-inning opener 8-0. The sweep enabled the Coyotes to run their early season record to 6-2.
Whitman, which also dropped a twin bill to the Coyotes on Saturday, 16-3 and 9-0, is off to an 0-4 start.
The Missionaries came close to swiping a run to start Sunday's nightcap.
After sophomore Cam Young doubled with two outs, sophomore Aaron Cohen fanned on a ball in the dirt. The catcher's throwing error on the play allowed Cohen to reach first and Young to take third.
With Idaho pitcher Zachary Fabricius coming set on the mound, Cohen took off and drew a throw to second. Young tried to score on the play but was gunned down at the plate.
Cohen, who started on the hill for Whitman, got two quick outs in the bottom of the first before running into trouble. A double and hit batter, followed by a two-run double and RBI single, staked the Coyotes to a 3-0 lead.
Whitman struck back with two runs in the top of the second. After sophomore Casey Minnick singled and freshman Peter Valentine walked, freshman Eli Mathieu picked up his first college hit and RBI with a single down the right-field line.
Valentine scored Whitman's second run later in the inning before the Coyotes could complete a double play on a liner to center off the bat of sophomore Chris Konolige.
Whitman threatened in the third inning but failed to score despite singles by Cohen and sophomore Kyle Buckham.
After his shaky first inning, Cohen held the Coyotes scoreless on three hits over the next four innings.
With two outs and the bases empty in the bottom of the sixth, College of Idaho tacked on three insurance runs. A walk and hit-batter finished Cohen's day, and the Coyotes touched reliever Sterling Spilinek for a pair of run-scoring hits.
Freshman Jonny Chow rapped his first college base hit with two outs in the top of seventh, but College of Idaho pitcher Taylor Nicholson got the next hitter on a ground ball to nail down the win.
Game one started on a sour note for the Missionaries when they loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning but failed to score.
Buckham doubled to center and moved to third as sophomore Jimmy Madden reached on a sacrifice bunt and Young walked. After the Coyotes got one out on a strikeout, right fielder Brett Ward caught Cohen's line drive and doubled the runner off first base.
College of Idaho plated a run in the bottom of the first with a pair of extra base hits.
Valented singled to start the Whitman second but was thrown out at second base trying to stretch the hit into a double. Freshman MacLean Harned followed with a two-out single and sophomore Chris Andrews walked, but the inning ended with a strikeout.
Sophomore Dakota Matherly, who started on the mound for Whitman, got through the second and third frames unscathed before the Coyotes added two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
After Matherly finished the fifth, College of Idaho broke the game open with two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.
Whitman returns to the road later this week with a series of four single games at the NCAA Division III Desert Classic in the Phoenix, Ariz., area.
The first game is Thursday morning against Concordia-Texas.
Whitman 000 000 000 - 0 6 1
C of I 100 202 30x - 8 10 1
Matherly, Sutich (6) and Madden; Fabricius, Nicholson (7), GSarza (9) and Lewis
Hits - Whitman: Buckham, Madden, Cohen, Valentine, Harned, Andrews; College of Idaho: Griffiths 2, Garsez, Lewis 3, Dodd 2, Ward 2.
Whitman 020 000 0 - 2 7 0
C of I 300 003 x - 6 9 1
Cohen, Spilinek (6) and Madden; Griffiths, Nicholson (3) and Packham.
Hits - Whitman: Buckham, Young, Cohen 2, Minnick, Mathieu, Chow; College of Idaho: Garsez 3, Hodges, Fabricius 3, Packham, Sewell.