NEWBERG, Ore. – Jordan McGowan homered twice, including a grand slam, leading visiting Whitworth baseball to a Northwest Conference doubleheader sweep at George Fox on Saturday afternoon. The Pirates won the opener 5-3 and then took the nightcap 9-2.
Whitworth ended a five game losing streak and improved to 8-6 overall and 2-5 in the NWC. The Bruins dropped to 5-11, 4-7. The teams will complete the three-game series on Sunday at noon. A fourth, non-conference game scheduled for Sunday afternoon has been cancelled.
Game 1 – Whitworth 5, George Fox 3
Matthew Nelson broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning, his team-leading fifth homer of the season. Hugh Smith went the distance on the mound, allowing only four hits.
Connor Newell doubled in GFU's first run in the bottom of the fourth. Newell then tied the game in the sixth with an RBI single.
Nelson drilled his two-run shot to center field in the top of the seventh, driving in Nicholas Nerud. Later in the inning Condreay drew a bases-loaded walk to increase the Pirates' lead to 5-2.
The Bruins got one run back in the bottom of the ninth when Matt Voelzke scored on a fielder's choice. But Smith got Zachery Muenster to fly out to end the game.
Smith improved to 2-2 after allowing three runs on four hits in the nine-inning outing. He struck out seven batters and walked four.
Hughes was the only Whitworth batter with more than one hit.
Dustin Wells started on the mound for GFU and fell to 2-3 after allowing five runs on six hits in 6.0 innings.
Game 2 – Whitworth 9, George Fox 2
McGowan's grand slam highlighted a seven-run seventh inning and Ryan Kingma pitched a complete game to improve to 3-0 this season.
Condreay gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the first frame for the second time with a sacrifice fly that scored Daniel Casanova. Casanova then returned the favor when his sacrifice fly drove in Hughes in the top of the third for a 2-0 lead.
Whitworth broke the game open with seven runs in the seventh. JT Phelan opened the inning by getting hit by a pitch. He eventually came around to score on an error. Later in the inning Condreay drew a walk to load the bases for McGowan. McGowan followed with a grand slam, his second home run of the day and second of the season. Phelan returned to the plate later in the inning and singled home Nerud. Ryan Bird also scored on that play when the ball got away from the centerfielder for an error.
Tristan Guillen singled in the only two GFU runs of the game in the bottom of the seventh. But Kingma retired the Bruins in order in both the eighth and ninth innings to prevent any hope of a comeback by George Fox.
Kingma scattered nine hits in his complete game. He struck out four and walked one. Nerud finished with three hits, while Hughes added two more hits and scored twice.
Alex Jondal (1-3) started on the hill for the Bruins and took the loss after allowing three runs on six hits in six innings.