Baseball Splits Opening Doubleheader

Baseball Splits Opening Doubleheader

WILSONVILLE, Ore. – Ryan Kingma and Darren Crosby combined on a five-hit shutout to lead Whitworth to a 4-0 win over Lewis & Clark, giving the Pirates their first win of the 2017 baseball season.  Whitworth dropped its opener to Puget Sound 7-2 on Saturday afternoon at Wilsonville High School.

The Bucs (1-1) will conclude the weekend with a game against Willamette on Sunday morning.

Game 1: Puget Sound 7, Whitworth 2
The Pirates struggled to sustain rallies against the Loggers in the team's first action outside since opening practice in January.

Puget Sound broke a 2-2 tie with two runs each in the sixth and seventh innings.  James Dejesus had RBI singles in each rally to lead the Loggers to the victory.  Ricardo Barraza went 3-4 with two runs scored.

Jordan McGowan led Whitworth at the plate, going 2-3 with an RBI.  Garrett Hughes also had an RBI for the Bucs.

Hugh Smith gave up four earned runs on eight hits in 6.1 innings in his first start of the year.  The 2016 First Team All-NWC honoree struck out four batters and walked one.  Arory Milyard finished on the mound for the Pirates and allowed one run on three hits in 1.2 innings.

Joshua Zavisubin went eight innings and gave up two runs on seven hits to improve to 1-1 this season.  Puget Sound is now 2-4 in 2017.

Game 2: Whitworth 4, Lewis & Clark 0
Kingma earned his first win of the season and Crosby picked up the save with four innings of relief to give the Pirates their first victory of the season.  Kingma gave up three hits in 5.0 innings, striking out four and walking only one.  Crosby allowed two hits in his four innings of work, also striking out four and walking none.

Matthew Nelson drilled a two-run homer in the third inning to increase Whitworth's lead to 3-0.  Liam Fitzpatrick had doubled in the Bucs' first run in the top of the first inning.

McGowan's sacrifice fly drove in Whitworth's final run in the fifth inning.  Unlike the first game, the Pirates took advantage of their scoring opportunities, getting four runs on only six hits.  No Whitworth player had more than one hit in the game.  Daniel Casanova scored two runs for the Bucs.

Drake Gilliland went five innings and fell to 0-1 on the mound for L&C (0-1).  He allowed four runs on three hits and five walks.