SPOKANE, Wash. - On a day when Whitworth remembered the accomplishments of a national-championship team, third baseman Landon Scott did the best he could to wake up the echoes of glories past with six hits and six runs batted in during the Pirates' sweep of visiting Whitman in a Northwest Conference baseball doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Merkel Field.
Scott went 6-10 with two home runs to lead the Bucs, who won the opener 15-2 and the second game 8-4. Whitworth improved to 12-27 overall and 9-14 in the NWC, while the Missionaries fell to 5-33, 4-19.
During the break between games, Whitworth honored the 1960 Pirate baseball team that won the NAIA World Series, the first national team championship in school history. Ten of the 17 players, and one assistant coach, from that team were in attendance.
Game 1 - Whitworth 15, Whitman 2
The Pirates scored six runs in the third inning and five more in the fourth to grab an early 13-0 lead, giving pitcher Nick Combo plenty of breathing room to pick up his first win of the season on the mound.
Scott's two-run home run to right field kicked off the five-run rally in the third. It was his fifth of the season. Kyle Krustangel belted his team-leading eighth home run of the season in the fourth, beginning the six-run rally.
The Missionaries did not break through against Combo until the seventh inning when Blaine Mercado doubled home Erik Korsmo.
Combo (1-0) went seven innings and allowed only the single run on four hits. He struck out three batters and walked one. Troy Duppenthaler threw the final two innings for the Pirates.
Scott finished 3-6 with a double and home run to lead the Pirates at the plate. Dan Belet was 3-5 with two runs scored, while Marlowe Peter had a pair of doubles among his three hits and drove in three runs.
Mercado and Jason Sease each had a pair of hits and a run driven in for Whitman. Eric Tolleson (1-9) started on the hill for the Missionaries and lasted the first three innings.
Game 2 - Whitworth 8, Whitman 4
The Pirates scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the third to overcome an early deficit and complete the sweep.
Scott went 3-4 with a home run and a double and drove in four runs to raise his NWC-leading batting average to .458. He also now has 40 runs batted in this season, becoming the first Pirate in eight years to reach that total. Scott's two-run double in the fourth inning extended Whitworth's lead to 6-2.
JR Jarrell capped the three-run third with a two-run home run to left field, his fifth round-tripper of the season. Belet and Kevin Valerio each had a pair of hits for the Pirates.
Tolleson and Sease each had two hits and scored a run for Whitman. Sease finished the day 4-8 at the plate.
James King (1-2) pitched 7.1 solid innings for the Bucs to earn the win. He allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits, while striking out four and not walking a batter.
Korsmo (0-6) went the first four innings on the mound for Whitman, giving up six runs (three earned) on seven hits with one strikeout and three walks.
Whitworth and Whitman will complete the three-game NWC series, and their seasons, with a single game on Sunday beginning at noon. Prior to the start of the game, the Pirates will recognize six seniors completing their Whitworth baseball careers.