Men's tennis falls against Whitman

The Whitworth men’s tennis team had a tough weekend as the team was shut out on Saturday, losing 9-0 to the Whitman College Missionaries at Bratton Tennis Center in Walla Walla.

Whitman, which is No. 9 in the national rankings and No. 1 in the regional rankings, hasn’t lost a conference match this year, and is the four-time defending Northwest Conference champions.

“Whitman has always been a huge name in our conference,” junior Cameron Williams said. “They’ve always been at the top as long as I’ve been at Whitworth and this year have really competed together.”

This was the Pirates’ first time being shut out by a conference opponent this season, falling to 8-6 overall and 5-3 in the NWC. Whitworth currently sits in fourth place in the NWC with four conference games left in the season. Although Whitworth put up a fight against the region’s No. 1 team, Whitman was too much for the Bucs.

The closest match of the day came in No. 3 singles where Whitworth sophomore Dustin McConnell fell to Missionary senior Conor Holton-Burke 6-4, 6-2.

“They have really solid guys throughout the lineup and the guy I played was no different,” McConnell said. “He was definitely a tough matchup but I felt like I played hard and was able to put myself in a couple of chances early on to make it close, but just didn’t quite come up with enough shots.”

It was McConnell’s first conference match of the season after helping lead Whitworth’s basketball team to a Sweet 16 appearance.

“I really enjoyed the basketball season, but ever since it’s been over I’ve just really enjoyed being able to get the tennis racket out,” McConnell said. “The guys on the team and the coach have all been great about making the transition really smooth for me.”

The only other Pirate to win four games in a set in Saturday’s matchup was Williams, who lost to Whitman junior Jeff Tolman 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles spot.

“I played pretty well; I have a lot of respect for Tolman,” Williams said.  “What it came down to is that I ended up just making more errors than he did.”

Senior Daniel Redfern snapped a five-game singles win streak after losing to Whitman’s No. 1 singles player 6-3, 6-2. Redfern, along with Williams, also lost in the No. 1 doubles slot, losing to Whitman junior Matt Tesmond and Holton-Burke 8-0.

The Pirates are looking for a strong finish in conference matches with postseason seeding on the line.

“These last four matches we have are crucial,” Williams said.  “We have a big match against Willamette this coming weekend, they’re always a tough opponent for us.”

This weekend Whitworth travels to Oregon to face off against Willamette  University and Linfield College before hosting its final two conference matches at home.

 

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Men's tennis splits weekend

The Whitworth Pirates men’s tennis teams split last weekend’s matches, losing to George Fox University on Friday but defeating Lewis & Clark College on Saturday in Oregon. The Bucs are now 3-2 in the Northwest Conference and 4-4 overall.

Senior Ben Hamming came away with two singles victories over the weekend, defeating George Fox’s player 6-4, 6-2 on Friday and beating Lewis & Clark’s player 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday, both in No. 6 singles.

The Pirates were overwhelmed in Friday’s match, falling to the Bruins 7-2. The Buc players stayed with the Bruins in singles though, losing 6-4 in at least one set in four of the six singles matches.

The Bucs were led in that match by a couple of strong senior performances as Daniel Redfern got the Bucs on the board with a 6-3, 6-0 win over the Bruins No. 1 singles player. Hamming was the other Pirate with a victory on Friday.

“There was a little bit of an adjustment to play outdoors, but George Fox was the first contest that we were evenly matched,” Hamming said. “Any match could have gone either way, but the score doesn’t reflect that.”

Saturday was a different story, however, as the Pirates beat Lewis & Clark 8-1.

The Pirates started off well as all three of Whitworth’s doubles teams won their matches. The singles players took it from there as three Pirate juniors won singles matches in the Whitworth victory.

The week started off strong for the Pirates with an exhibition match against the crosstown Sasquatch of the Community Colleges of Spokane, defeating CCS 7-2. However, since the match was an exhibition it does not count toward the Pirates overall record.

The Whitworth men’s tennis team will continue conference play on Friday and Saturday as it takes on Willamette College and Linfield College in the Scotford Tennis Center.

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Men's tennis setback by Boxers

The Whitworth men’s tennis team suffered a setback on Saturday losing to conference foe Pacific University at the Hulce Tennis Courts in Forest Grove, Ore. The Boxers won all six singles matches and two of the three doubles matches. Only the No. 3 doubles team of sophomore John Talbot and freshman Matt Goebel were able to beat the Boxers, winning 8-5. The doubles team of Talbot and Goebel remain undefeated this season, improving to 2-0 together.

The Pirates, now 2-1 in the conference, fell to fifth place in the league. The Bucs are 3-3 overall. Pacific improved to 4-0 in the conference and 4-1 overall as they maintain their lead in the NWC.

The Pirates kept most of the matches close, especially the No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Senior Ben Hamming lost to Pacific’s Eric Furuya 7-6(8-6), 6-3 in No. 5 singles and freshman Chris Engleman was defeated by Boxer Scott Kawamura 7-6(7-1), 7-5 in the No. 6 singles spot.

“I was really happy to see how the bottom half of our lineup did, they showed real potential,” junior Cameron Williams said. “We were in the matches even thought the score didn’t show it.”

Pacific’s No. 1 doubles team defeated Whitworth’s senior Daniel Redfern and Williams 8-4. Redfern was later defeated by the Boxer’s Troy Zuroske 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles match and Williams lost to Pacific’s Spencer Hing 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles match.

The men’s tennis team will stay home and play against the Community College of Spokane on Monday, March 5.

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Women's tennis notches another Northwest Conference victory

Strong singles play from the Whitworth women’s tennis team notched another Northwest Conference win for the Bucs on Saturday, defeating Pacific University in the Scotford Tennis Center. Trailing 3-1 after the first four matches, the Pirates won five straight singles matches for the victory. Whitworth improves to 3-0 in the NWC and 4-1 overall.

“I’m really happy with the way we played singles,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “Losing in doubles really fired the team up for singles. We played our best singles all year.”

Freshman Saryn Mooney was a part of two wins for the Pirates. Mooney and senior Claire Hemming earned the first point for Whitworth as the two beat Pacific’s No. 3 doubles team 8-0. Mooney also defeated the Boxers Rachel Mizuno in No. 3 singles later in the match.

Pirate senior Erica Bosman started the comeback in singles play as she defeated Pacific’s Megan Yoshimoto 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 singles after Boxer Cat Goya defeated Whitworth senior Alli Marshall in No. 1 singles spot.

After being beaten in doubles by Pacific’s Lillian Do and Kelsey Trujillo, Whitworth juniors Megan Wingfield and Jessi Steele got their revenge in singles play as Wingfield beat Trujillo 6-2, 6-4 in No. 4 singles and Steele defeated Do 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 5 singles spot.

Senior Siri Carlson finished off the Boxers by defeating Pacific’s Kelsey Lack 6-2, 6-1 in No. 6 singles.

Whitworth will stay home next weekend as it takes on George Fox University and Lewis & Clark College March 9-10.

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Women's tennis undefeated in conference

 

The Whitworth Pirates women’s tennis team picked up two conference wins over the weekend, beating the Bruins of George Fox University 8-1 and the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers 8-1 at the Scotford Tennis Center last Friday and Saturday. The Pirates improved to 5-0 in the Northwest Conference and 6-1 overall, tying Linfield College for first place in the conference.

“We’re getting into the flow of the season,” senior Alli Marshall said. “A couple of people were out with injuries, but others stepped up so the weekend went well.”

The Pirates extend their current conference win streak to 22 matches, with their last conference loss coming in 2010, that was a 5-4 loss at Linfield.

Marshall and senior Erica Bosman had a strong weekend. The two teamed up to win both of their doubles matches, improving their record to 5-2 on the year. Marshall and Bosman also won their singles matches Friday and Saturday. Marshall is now 5-2 in the No. 1 singles spot and Bosman is 5-1 in the No. 2 spot this season. The Bucs are 5-0 as a team this season when the No. 1 team of Marshall and Bosman win their doubles match.

“Winning doubles is really important because it sets the tone for the rest of the match,” Marshall said. “It takes some of the pressure off singles, so it’s always good to start off with a win.”

On Friday, the Pirates picked up a quality win at home against George Fox. The doubles teams kicked off the match with three straight wins, led by the No. 1 senior doubles team of Marshall and Bosman. Those two Pirates shut out the Bruin’s No. 1 doubles team, winning 8-0. Marshall later beat the Bruin’s No. 1 singles player, junior Molly Beaumont, 6-4, 6-2.

Freshman Saryn Mooney and junior Jessi Steele also had standout performances against the Bruins. The two combined for an 8-3 win in No. 2 doubles and each picked up a win in singles as Mooney won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Steele won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

Senior Claire Hemming kept her undefeated season alive by defeating George Fox’s freshman Chantelle Hadeed in No. 5 singles 7-5, 6-0. Hemming also teamed up with freshman Morgan McDivitt in No. 3 doubles, beating the Bruins No. 3 doubles squad 8-4.

“The men’s coach, Mike Shanks, told me that ‘you need to be playing to win, instead of playing not to lose’ so I just say that to myself before serves to maintain my mental toughness,” Hemming said.

Senior Janell Talbot closed out Friday’s match in No. 6 singles, winning 5-7, 6-1, 1-0 (10-2).

Whitworth matched Friday’s performance on Saturday, notching another 8-1 win against Lewis & Clark.

“We got to play outside and rest a couple of our top players, and we still won 8-1,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said.

Marshall and Bosman finished the weekend the way they started it, winning 8-3 in the No. 1 doubles slot. The two also won their singles. Marshall beat Pioneer freshman Lisa Osepyan in No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-0 and Bosman, currently on a four-game singles win streak, won her No. 2 singles match against senior Jill Coleman 6-4, 6-1.

Whitworth’s No. 3 and No. 5 singles players each pulled out three-set thrillers on Saturday. Mooney, who improves to 4-2 in singles on the season, defeated Pioneer freshman Gillian Lowe 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) in No. 3 singles.

“Saryn was playing a powerful player with a huge serve and we were trying to figure out ways to make her force some errors,” Wagstaff said. “Saryn was the more mentally tough player in the end.”

Two matches later, senior Siri Carlson improved to 2-0 in the No. 5 singles spot, as she beat Lewis & Clark freshman Justine Minette 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4).

“The weather was more of a factor with Siri’s match,” Wagstaff said. “The wind was blowing and she used the wind to her advantage. Siri was the better player; it was just getting used to the elements.”

Carlson and Hemming added another win in the No. 3 doubles spot, winning 8-1. Both Carlson and Hemming have gone undefeated in doubles this season, Carlson improving to 2-0 and Hemming earning her seventh doubles win.

“We played really well,” Hemming said. “We weren’t sure how this weekend was going to go because our competition was better than it was last year. We had some close matches but we stayed with them.”

The Pirates will travel to Oregon as they take on the Bearcats of Willamette University on Friday and the Linfield College Wildcats on Saturday, trying to claim sole possession of first place in the Northwest Conference.

“This was a good setup weekend for next weekend’s matches,” Hemming said. “It was definitely a confidence booster to do as well as we did.”

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Spotted from the Crow's Nest: Landon Scott, men's baseball

Landon Scott, Whitworth baseball’s senior third baseman, is already having an All-Northwest Conference type of a season. Through 10 games, Scott is leading the team in batting average, on-base percentage, runs scored and hits, and he is leading Whitworth in several other categories as well. Scott is also in the top five in the Northwest Conference in batting average and RBIs.

“His numbers speak for themselves,” head coach Dan Ramsay said. “His career batting average is over .420 and you don’t see that number of batting average in baseball in a season, let alone a career.”

In fact, entering this past weekend, Scott’s career batting average sits at .427. He also has 188 hits, 31 doubles, four triples, 14 HRs, 97 RBIs, 118 runs scored and has 58 walks in his Pirate career.

Scott, an economics major from Kennewick, Wash., has played the game of baseball since the age of 4.

“I started playing tee ball when I was 4,” Scott said. “Since then it’s been every year, every summer that I have been playing.”

After Scott helped Kennewick High School win a state championship his senior season, he had a lot of options to continue his baseball career, ultimately choosing Whitworth for playing time among other reasons.

“I could have gone to WSU to be a preferred walk-on, but I wanted to go somewhere that was better academically,” Scott said. “I got financial aid from Whitworth and it was somewhere where I could start for four years.”

While at Whitworth, Scott has excelled not only on the field but has achieved success through his schoolwork and through student government.

“He’s one of those guys that has done a ton on the field and also in the classroom,” Ramsay said. “He was an All-District selection last year for his GPA. He has also been the intramural coordinator for Whitworth this year. He does a great job representing the baseball team as a whole.”

Scott’s four years playing baseball for the Bucs have been a roller coaster ride, from a team his freshman year that went 10-26 to a team that finished fifth in the NWC with a  20-20 record last season, to this year with a team that is currently third in the NWC.

“Starting off my freshman year the program was kind of down,” Scott said. “We had a good recruiting class the last couple of years and last year we got to .500. This year we have senior leadership with freshmen and sophomore talent. We’re 6-3-1 so far, should be 7-3, but overall it’s going to be a good season.”

Scott knows a thing or two about good seasons. He earned first team All-Northwest Conference his sophomore and junior seasons, and was named first team NCAA All-Region as a sophomore and second team All-Region his junior year.

“It’s been nice having his bat in the middle of the lineup,” Ramsay said.

Even more impressive than the numbers he puts up on the field is his leadership.

“He is a great teammate; he is there for everybody,” senior pitcher Nick Combo said. “The leadership he brings to the field, especially for the young guys, is great for our team.”

Coach Ramsay also said he thinks Scott’s leadership is having an impact on the team.

“He has become a team-first guy and buying into the team approach,” Ramsay said. “He will sacrifice an at-bat to move up the runners if he has to. He wants to win a championship, that’s what it all comes back to.”

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Women's tennis claims pair of conference victories

Strong singles play for the Whitworth women’s tennis team on Saturday helped the Bucs to notch another Northwest Conference win, as they defeated Pacific University in the Scot- ford Tennis Center.

Trailing 3-1 after the first four matches, the Pirates won five straight singles matches for the victory. Whitworth improves to 3-0 in the NWC and 4-1 overall.

“I’m really happy with the way we played singles,” head coach Jo Ann Wagstaff said. “Losing in doubles really fired the team up for singles. We played our best singles all year.”

Freshman Saryn Mooney was a part of two wins for the Pirates. Mooney and senior Claire Hemming earned the first point for Whitworth as the two beat Pacific’s No. 3 doubles team 8-0. Mooney also defeated the Boxers Rachel Mizuno in No. 3 singles later in the match.

Pirate senior Erica Bosman started the comeback in singles play as she defeated Pacific’s Megan Yoshimoto 6-1, 6-1 in No. 2 singles after Boxer Cat Goya defeated Whitworth senior Alli Marshall in No. 1 singles.

After being beaten in doubles by Pacific’s Lillian Do and Kelsey Trujillo, Whitworth juniors Megan Wingfield and Jessi Steele got their revenge in singles play as Wingfield beat Trujillo 6-2, 6-4 in No. 4 singles and Steele defeated Do 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 5 singles spot.

Senior Siri Carlson finished off the Boxers by defeating Pacific’s Kelsey Lack 6-2, 6-1 in No. 6 singles.

Whitworth will stay home next weekend as it takes on George Fox University and Lewis & Clark College March 9 and 10.

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Women's tennis opens conference play with victories

The Whitworth women’s tennis team opened Northwest Conference play strong on Friday and Saturday as they defeated University of Puget Sound 7-2 and Pacific Lutheran University 9-0 being led by a few Pirate seniors.

“It’s a really good way to start the season,” senior Alli Marshall said.

Whitworth moved into a tie for first place in the conference with the two wins and are now 3-1 on the year and 2-0 in the NWC.

“The weekend went well,” assistant coach Colin Storm said. “Winning our first two conference games is always nice. We saw some spaces where we can improve and but we’re happy we came away with two wins.”

This year, Whitworth has been dominant in their wins as they have beaten their opponents 9-0, 7-2, 9-0 in three wins, two on the road.

“It’s big for our confidence when we can win outside of our bubble,” Storm said.

On Friday, Marshall beat the Loggers No. 1 singles player 6-1, 7-5 and senior Erica Bosman defeated UPS’s No. 2 singles 6-3, 6-3. Marshall and Bosman combined in No. 1 doubles to defeat the Loggers No.1 doubles 8-2.

“UPS played us tough so it’s always good to get a win out of there,” Storm said.

Those two again teamed up against PLU in No.1 doubles, beating the Lutes 8-2. In singles, Bosman controlled her singles match, defeating the Lutes No.2 player 6-2, 6-3 in straight sets. Marshall had a close match-up against the Lutes No.1 player, but came out on top winning 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (11-9).

“That match was too close for comfort,” Marshall said. “I started out not being on my game at all so I had to adopt a new game. I’m really proud of the team though, the other girls had tough matches too and everyone pulled [wins] out.”

Senior Claire Hemming continued her undefeated streak the season, winning all four matches she played on the weekend. On Friday she defeated UPS’s Ada Yu 6-2, 6-3 in singles and combined with freshman Saryn Mooney in doubles to defeat the Loggers No.3 doubles team 8-4. Hemming defeated the Lutes Catherine Miolla 6-0, 6-2 and defeated the Lutes No.2 doubles team with junior Megan Wingfield 8-6. Hemming is now 7-0 on the year.

The Bucs’ Wingfield defeated UPS’s Marissa Friedman 7-5, 6-4 and junior Jessi Steele defeated Logger Josephine Dow 6-3, 6-4 in singles play on Friday. The two juniors also won on Saturday as Wingfield overwhelmed the Lutes No.4 singles player 6-0, 6-1 and Steele shut out her opponent winning 6-0, 6-0.

Those two wins came on the road which was huge for the Pirates.

“Winning on the road is really important,” Marshall said. “Conference is tougher this year than any other that I’ve been in. It also helps with team bonding, too, so it’s a good experience.”

The Pirates will stay home for their first conference home game of the 2012 season as they take on Pacific University (Ore.) on March 3.

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Men's tennis opens conference play

Whitworth men’s tennis opened conference play this weekend with authority, beating the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University at the Scotford Tennis Center. “The season has looked good so far, we’re playing pretty well,” senior Daniel Redfern said.

The Bucs prevailed over the visiting Loggers and the Lutes, extending their record to 2-0 in the Northwest Conference and 3-3 overall. In Whitworth’s last three matches they have outplayed their opponents by a total score of 26-1.

“We graduated five seniors last year so this year is a whole new ball game,” head coach Mike Shanks said. “We worked hard in practice, especially our doubles teams. We won all three doubles games verse UPS and PLU and when you win the first three matches it gives the rest of the team momentum.”

On Friday, the Pirates were dominant in their first Northwest Conference matchup of the season as the team went a perfect 9-0 against UPS. In the six singles matches on Friday, the Pirates only allowed the Loggers to win one game in any of the first sets.

The Bucs were led by No. 1 singles player Redfern, who didn’t surrender a game as he defeated the Loggers No. 1 player 6-0, 6-0. Redfern is 3-1 in singles play this year.

“I played really well at the start, but he picked it up later in the match which got me frustrated,” Redfern said. “ I’m pleased overall with my play and the teams play.”

The Pirates No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles players were almost as efficient as Redfern. Sophomore John Talbot defeated the Loggers Abe Noyes 6-0, 6-1 while junior Stefan Dernbach and freshman Chris Engelmann followed suit, defeating their opponents 6-0, 6-1 as well.

The Pirate doubles teams were in control of the Loggers all night, led by the No. 2 doubles team of Dernbach and junior Micah Spaun who beat the Loggers No. 2 doubles team 8-1. The Bucs No. 1 doubles team of Redfern and junior Cameron Williams defeated UPS’s No. 1 doubles 8-3.

“I’m really proud of the outcome and the way we stepped up,” Shanks said.

Saturday’s contest went in similar fashion as the Bucs took down the Lutes 8-1.

The Pirates started off strong as the three doubles teams won 8-3, 8-2 and 8-5. No. 1 and No. 2 singles had another strong outing as No. 1 Redfern beat the Lutes No. 1 player 6-0, 6-3 and No. 2 Williams beat the Lutes No. 2 player 6-2, 6-2.

“PLU is really tough,” Shanks said. “Pacific is going to be tough. These next three matches are going to be really tough, but we’re off to a good start.”

The Pirates will have some tests the next three games as they try to claim sole possession of first place in the Northwest Conference.

“We have Pacific, Willamette and Linfield coming up and those should be pretty tough matches. We’re home for two of those which help’s a lot,” Redfern said. “Knowing the courts and having some kind of fan base always helps.”

The Bucs will travel to Pacific on March 3 for their first away conference game.

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Baseball battles UPS in doubleheader

Pirates have outscored Loggers 28-12 in three non-conference matchups

The Whitworth Pirates baseball team came away with a win and a tie over the weekend against the University of Puget Sound at Logger Diamond in Tacoma, Wash.

Whitworth poured on the runs in the first game as it hammered Puget Sound 14-2. The Pirates might have come away with a sweep of the Loggers, but the second game ended in a tie after 10 innings due to darkness.

The Bucs, who have won five of their last seven and are 6-3-1 overall, were led by sophomore Tyler Pfeffer who had four doubles and five of Whitworth’s 30 hits in Sunday’s two games. Pfeffer also drove in four runs while senior JR Jarrell and sophomore Gerhard Muelheims each had three RBIs.

“Beating two Northwest Conference teams in non-conference games is a confidence builder,” head coach Dan Ramsay said. “But regardless of who we’re beating winning feels good and can be contagious.”

The Pirates have had hot bats this season as they have scored 10 or more runs in four of their last seven games. Whitworth, who played Puget Sound at the Swing into Spring Baseball Classic last weekend, has outscored the Loggers 28-12 this season.

“Our production of runs thus far can be attributed to out hitter's ability to execute in run-scoring situations," Ramsay said. "Our guys are not only talented but they have a knack for pushing runs across the plate in a number of different ways."

The Pirates played a doubleheader on Sunday as Saturday’s contests against Puget Sound and Concordia University were rained out because of wet playing conditions. Whitworth’s game against Concordia on Saturday was cancelled while the Puget Sound contest was made up on Sunday.

The morning game was a close contest until the Pirates broke it open in the eighth inning. With the score tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth, the Bucs scored six runs to pull ahead and added six more in the top of the ninth to close out the game.

Freshman Spencer Ansett picked up the win after pitching eight strong innings, allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out four. Ansett is 3-0 on the year and is leading the team in strikeouts (17), innings pitched (23.1) and is second in ERA (2.31).

In the top of the third, senior third baseman Landon Scott scored on a balk by pitcher Matt Robinson after a leadoff walk.

After the Loggers scored two runs the Pirates added another run in the sixth inning as senior catcher Michael Takemura bunted sophomore designated hitter Justin Liu home to tie the game up at two.

The next three innings were dominated by Ansett as he didn't give up any runs or hits, giving the Pirate offense enough time to light up the scoreboard.

In the eighth inning Whitworth put six runs on the scoreboard. The team had five hits in the inning including a three RBI double by Pfeffer.

The top of the ninth was a lot like the eighth as a couple of singles and two doubles drove in six more runs, making the final score 14-2.

“When we have the fight and energy we had today during the games then we are going to be virtually unbeatable,” Pfeffer said. “Our pitchers go out and battle for every inning and our position players grind all day, every day at practice. I look forward to seeing what the rest of the season has to offer.”

In the second game, the Pirates scored early and then rallied in the ninth to tie the game. Pfeffer doubled home the first run of the game and freshman designated hitter Paul Miller singled in the second as the Pi- rates took a 2-0 lead out of the first inning.

The Loggers took the lead in the third scoring three runs on an RBI single and a two-run home run by third baseman Will Mentor. Puget Sound added four more runs in the fifth and sixth to make the score 7-2.

In the seventh, Scott singled and Pfeffer doubled to put runners in scoring position. Back-to-back groundouts by Jarrell and Miller scored Scott and Pfeffer, bringing the Pirates within three runs.

After failing to get a hit in the eighth, the Pirates staged a comeback in the ninth. Liu hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Pfeffer who had walked to lead off the inning. Three batters late Muelheims doubled down the left field line, scoring two and tying the game at seven. The game was called two innings later due to darkness.

The Bucs travel to Central Washington University on March 3 for a doubleheader against the Wildcats.

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Pirate track takes talents to UW Open

The Whitworth track & field teams went to Seattle Feb. 12 to compete in the University of Washington Open Meet at Dempsey Indoor Track. Two Whitworth shot putters placed in the top 10 including junior Carter Comito who finished in third place with a throw of 16.18 meters. Sophomore Sam Wright placed seventh with a throw of 14.46 meters. The two placed second and third in the same arena on Jan. 28 of this year at the University of Washington Track and Field Invitational.

The Bucs competed against multiple Division I schools this past weekend, including Sacramento State, The University of Idaho, Seattle University and Long Beach State.

“I like playing against Division I competition a lot,” junior Steven Acosta said. “It pushes me to be faster. I also like beating people with scholarships when we don’t have any.”

The men’s team had a solid day in the long jump and in the high jump. Three Pirates finished in the top 30 long jumpers, being led by a 13th place finish from sophomore Jonathan Hoff with a jump of 6.45 meters. Sophomore Peter Delap placed 27 with a jump of 6.11 meters and junior Shannon Winant placed 28 with a jump of 6.09 meters. Delap and Winant also finished 12th and 18th in the triple jump.

Junior Frank Lima finished third in the high jump clearing a height of two meters and fourth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.98 seconds. That was 0.05 seconds from winner Ryan O’Dell from Warner Pacific with a time of 8.93 seconds.

Junior Spokane native Chibron Tomeo placed eighth in the pole vault clearing a height of 4.55 meters and Acosta finished strong in the men’s 800 meter run as he finished in 16th with a time of 1:55.68.

“The track (at Dempsey Indoor) is shorter than our track” Acosta said. “Theirs is 300 meters around while ours is 400 so it throws off the planning on what you want to do during the race.”

The Whitworth women were led by freshman Christina Dobbins and sophomore Jheri Gates who both finished ninth in the women’s high jump, each clearing 1.60 meters. Dobbins also broke the school record in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.61 seconds.

Freshman Rachel Palmquist competed well on the women’s long jump, reaching a distance of 10.49 meters. Palmquist also had a distance of 4.95 meters in the women’s long jump and ran the 60 meter dash in 8.51 seconds. Her teammate in the 60 meter dash, sophomore Stephanie Barrong, ran the race in 8.37 seconds.

“I was really happy about our performance today,” Acosta said. “Everyone is on the same level of mental readiness there so the atmosphere was pretty chill, easy to focus.”

Both Pirate track and field teams will travel to Moscow, Idaho on Feb. 18 to compete in the Vandal (Indoor) Collegiate on the University of Idaho campus.

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Sophomore Keegan Shea winds the inside practice hammer with 16 pounds of chains as he does continuous turns to improve his technique.

Whitworth offense swings the bats well in Pasco

 

The 2012 Whitworth baseball season is underway. The Pirates have posted a 4-3 record while exploding for 54 runs in their first seven games.

Over the weekend, the Bucs were in the Swing into Spring Baseball Classic in Pasco, Wash. Whitworth had a strong first two days of the tournament as the team beat Lewis & Clark College twice (14-5, 15-1), but lost 4-3 in a close contest with Corban College. The Pirates also beat the University of Puget Sound 7-3 on Sunday.

“We went into the weekend with the expectation of coming away 4-0,” head coach Dan Ramsay said. “We ended up going 3-1, which is not a bad way to finish. I’m pretty happy with the way we performed and hope to continue with the momentum we gained from this tournament next weekend.”

In Whitworth’s Friday game against Lewis & Clark, the Pirates started off strong, collecting 11 hits in the game and 10 walks in the winning effort.

The game against Corban College started in similar fashion as the Bucs scored three runs in the first inning but then surrendered the lead in a 4-3 loss.

The Bucs ended Saturday the way they ended Friday, though, as they roughed up Lewis & Clark 15-1. The Bucs had a solid outing from senior pitcher CJ Perry as he gave up only one run in seven strong innings. An eight- run seventh inning for the Bucs finished off the Pioneers.

In Sunday’s game, the Pirates scored early and often again with four runs in the first two innings. Senior Landon Scott drove in one run and had two hits, and Muelheims (pictured above) had an RBI double in the 7-3 win over Puget Sound.

Whitworth will play again on Feb. 18 as it takes on Concordia University at 11 a.m. and University of Puget Sound at 1 p.m.

Story by Nathan Webber Staff Writer

Contact Nathan Webber at nwebber13@my.whitworth.edu.

File photo: Chrissy Roach Sophomore Gerhard Muelheims had an RBI double against the University of Puget Sound.