TACOMA — Kyle Moyes homered and drove in four and Justin Weeks pitched seven innings as Whitman took the final game of a three-game Northwest Conference series here Sunday, defeating the University of Puget Sound 9-3.
It was the first conference win of the season for the Missionaries, who are 1-2 in league play and 6-7 overall. The six wins eclipses last year’s victory total for the entire season.
A five-run sixth proved to be the clinching blow. With the game tied 3-3 after five innings, the Missionaries blew the game open, loading the bases with no outs.
Ozzy Braff followed with a ground ball to third, but the throw home for a force out sailed wide and two runs scored.
Moyes then tripled in two more runs, and another run came in later as Whitman opened up an 8-3 margin. Moyes had homered in the third inning for a four-RBI effort at the plate.
The teams had traded leads earlier in the game. UPS struck first as Connor Savage scored in the first inning on Nate Backes infield grounder. Moyes’ homer gave Whitman a 2-1 lead in the third.
In the fourth, the Loggers put up two more runs to regain the lead momentarily. JB Eary singled in the first run while Savage’s sacrifice fly regained the Logger lead.
Aaron Cohen’s single in Whitman’s fifth tied the game at 3-3 and set the table for the crucial sixth.
Weeks gave up just one earned run on five hits in improving his record to 3-1. Will Thompson and Dakota Matherly each pitched an inning of shutout ball to close things out.
The Loggers won the rain delayed second game earlier in the day 5-4 in 10 innings(10), before the teams took the field for the series finale. Tied at four-all, the game was called in the seventh inning Saturday due to rain.
When the game resumed, the Missionaries, who had scored twice in the seventhh to tie the score, had the bases loaded with two outs and a 1-2 count on the hitter. With one pitch, the Loggers got the strikeout.
Robert Maislin came out of the bullpen to pitch three scoreless innings as the game went to extras. In the top of the 10th, Maclean Harned singled up the middle and reached second after a walk, but Whitman could not bring him home. The Loggers ended the contest in the bottom half when Jeff Walton led off with a single and later scored on a base knock by Savage.
The Loggers took the opening game of the series on Saturday 4-2.
The Missionaries play their first home games of the season this weekend when Pacific Lutheran University invades Borleske Stadium for a three-game series. Saturday’s doubleheader is slated for 11 a.m., followed by a single game Sunday at noon.
Whitman 002 015 010 — 9 9 1
Puget Sound 100 200 000 — 3 6 5
Matherly, Thompson (2), Weeks (3) and Harned; Beiser, Laborde (6), Wagar (6), Walton (7) and Carter.
HR — Whitman, Moyes.
Hits — Whitman: Buckham, Moyes 3, Cohen 2, Valentine, Harned 2; UPS: Savage, Smith, Funyak, Metzer 2, Eary.
Saturday’s First Game
Whitman 000 200 000 — 2 6 2
Puget Sound 101 200 00x — 4 6 1
Lambert, Thompson (6) and Harned; Robinson, Wagar (9) and Carter.
Hits — Whitman: Madden, Cohen, Valentine 2, Mathieu, Harned; UPS: Smith, Carter 3, Stone 2.
Saturday’s Second Game
Whitman 000 200 200 0 — 4 12 4
Puget Sound 001 102 000 1 — 5 10 0
Hobson, Maislin (7) and Lari, Harned (7); Agular, Wagar, (7), Stone (7) and Hosmer.
Hits — Whitman: Buckham 2, Braff, Cohen 3, Valentine 2, Heywood, Harned, Carmichael 2; UPS: Savage 2, Smith, Carter, Backes 2, Stone 2, Walton, Eary.