NEWBERG, Ore. — Nationally-ranked George Fox got a complete-game three-hitter from Tom Zaronsinski, but Whitman College was able to escape with a victory in the weekend’s Northwest Conference baseball finale, 2-1, on Sunday.
The Missionary victory followed a pair of losses to the Bruins on Saturday.
Whitman starter Aaron Cohen scattered six hits over seven innings, striking out eight with three walks, and helped his cause with a home run to open the second inning and tie the game at 1-all.
The Missionaries’ Cameron Young was then hit by a pitch and, after a fly out and a ground out which advanced him to second, scored an unearned run on a missed pop fly at short with two out.
Cohen (2-3) recorded seven of his eight strikeouts in innings four through six. In the seventh, he got Bruin Josh Rapacz to ground into an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners to end George Fox’s last major threat.
Derek Blankenship was the one Bruins batter to get to Cohen, getting four hits in as many at bats. After his game-opening double, he later scored the Bruins’ lone run on a Whitman error.
Whitman (11-13-1 overall, 2-10 in NWC play) hosts Whitworth for a 3 p.m. twin bill at Borleske Stadium on Tuesday in non-league counters.
Whitman 2, George Fox 1
Whitman 020 000 000 — 2 3 1
George Fox 100 000 000 — 1 7 2
Cohen, Robson (8) and Harned. Zarosinski and Rapacz.
HR — Whit (Cohen).
Hits — Whit: Braff, Cohen, Young. GF: Blankenship 4, Rapacz, Israel 2.