Whitman wins in OT, sweeps Pacific

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WALLA WALLA — Whitman rallied back from 3-0 and 5-4 deficits to take Pacific to extra innings here Saturday in the first game of a Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader.

The Missionaries pulled out the 6-5, 11-inning victory in the opener.

Kyle Moyes and Casey Minnick blasted solo homers to lead Whitman’s 14-hit attack as the Missionaries completed the sweep with a 10-0 win in the nightcap.

In the opener, Walker Otis staked the Boxers to a 3-0 lead with a three-run home run in the Pacific third. Whitman, behind seventh-inning RBI singles from Minnick and Ozzy Braff, grabbed a 4-3 lead after seven only to see Pacific score twice in the eighth to take a 5-4 lead.

Maclean Harned doubled home Cameron Young, who was hit by a pitch to start the Missionary eighth, to tie the game at 5-5 after eight.

Aaron Cohen worked three scoreless innings on the mound for Whitman and Kyle Buckham started the winning rally with a two-out single in the home 11th. Braff followed with a walk-off double as Buckham scampered home with the game-winner.

In game two Moyes got the Missionaries started with his second homer of the day to lead off the Whitman second. The Missionaries took a 3-0 lead to the home fifth and exploded.

Cohen and Jimmy Madden each collected two-run doubles as Whitman scored six times on five hits in the fifth and took a commanding 9-0 lead after five.

That was more than enough for Spencer Hobson. Hobson went the first seven on the mound for Whitman and blanked the Boxers on three hits. Tyler Grisdale worked two scoreless innings and completed the Whitman shutout.

Whitman improves to 8-10 in NWC play with the sweep. The Boxers and Missionaries complete the three-game series today at noon at Borleske.

First Game

Pacific 003 000 020 00 — 5 9 1

Whitman 000 200 210 01 — 6 9 0

Dittrick, Nesselhuf (9) and Jaffe; Matherly, Lambert (7), Cohen (8) and Harned.

HR — Pac: Olis; Whit: Moyes.

Hits — Pac: Tasaka, Olis, Moen, French, Arakaki 2, Gaff, Jaffe, Duerr; Whit: Buckham 2, Braff 2, Moyes 2, Harned, Minnick 2.

Second Game

Pacific 000 000 000 — 0 4 0

Whitman 110 160 10x — 10 14 1

Morton, Brakebush (5), Peterson (5), Mood (5), Moore (8) and Jaffe, Yazzolino (6); Hobson, Grisdale (8) and catcher.

HR — none.

Hits — Pac: Arakaki 2, Rogers, Yazzolino; Whit: Buckham, Braff 2, Cohen 2, Young 2, Madden 2, Moyes 2, Minnick 2, Heywood.

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