Missionaries split twin bill with Coyotes

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CALDWELL, Idaho ­— Whitman College bounced back from Saturday’s double-dip defeats and upended College of Idaho 10-1 here Sunday in the first game of a non-league baseball doubleheader.

The Missionaries’ bullpen collapsed in the nightcap, however, as the Coyotes scored six runs in the seventh inning and four more in the eighth en route to a 15-3 victory.

Saturday’s victory was the fifth of the young season for Whitman, which equaled the number of wins Whitman posted in each of the last three seasons. The win also ended an 18-game losing streak to the Coyotes.

The Whits will take a 5-5 overall record into their Northwest Conference opener Saturday at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. The Missionaries and Loggers will play an 11 a.m. doubleheader on Saturday and a noon single game on Sunday.

After managing just eight hits and four runs in Saturday’s two losses to the Coyotes — 4-2 and 9-0 — Whitman’s bats came to life in Sunday’s first game.

Deignated hitter Aaron Cohen paced Whitman’s 11-hit attack with three singles, four runs batted in and a pair of runs scored. He also stole a base.

Three other Missionaries had a pair of hits.

Right fielder Kyle Buckham singled twice and drove in a pair of runs. First baseman Casey Minnick singled, doubled and scored twice. And shortstop Ozzy Braff added a single, double and one run scored.

Catcher Jonny Lari had one hit in three at-bats and managed to drive in three runs while Riley Rockwell was credited with an RBI in a pinch-hit role.

Justin Weeks pitched a seven-inning complete game. He scattered nine hits and allowed just one earned run while striking out two Coyotes and not issuing a walk.

Seth Champlin had three of College of Idaho’s nine hits and George Casper knocked in his team’s only run.

Whitman grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the second inning of the nightcap when Cohen doubled and third baseman Eli Mathieu singled him home. But the Coyotes struck for three runs in the bottom of the third inning and led thereafter.

Whitman tacked on its other two runs in the eighth inning. Braff picked up an RBI on an infield out and Cohen drove home the other with his second hit of the game.

Second baseman Peter Carmichael also stroked a pair of hits for the Missionaries.

Right fielder Nick Muncy and first baseman Jesse Dodd collected four hits each as College of Idaho erupted for 15 hits against four Whitman pitchers. Dodd drove in four runs, Muncy had a three-RBI game and catcher Jarel Lewis collected three hits and three RBIs.

The Coyotes, now 5-7 for the season, hit the road this weekend to open NAIA West Grouping play with a weekend series at Simpson University.

First Game

Whitman 400 051 0 — 10 11 1

College of Idaho 010 000 0 — 1 9 1

Weeks and Lari; Garcia, Lupton (2), Muncy (5), Winfield (7) and Hennessey.

Hits — Whitman: Buckham 2, Minnick 2, Braff 2, Cohen 3, Mathieu, Lari; C of I: Champlin 3, Hennessey, Dodd, Vernon, Simonds 2, Casper.

Second Game

Whitman 010 000 020 — 3 8 3

College of Idaho 003 101 64x — 15 15 0

Matherly, Maislin (5), Coppinger (8), Lee (9) and Madden; Vernon, Martin (8), Casper (8), O’Dell (9) and Lewis.

Hits — Whitman: Buckham, Chow, Cohen 2, Mathieu, Carmichael 2, Harned; C of I: Champlin, Muncy 4, Lewis 3, Dodd 4, Vernon, Simonds, Hennessey.

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