Whitman rides rollercoaster to split with George Fox

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WALLA WALLA — Whitman’s baseball team pulled off a come-from-behind victory and suffered an extra-inning loss in splitting a Northwest Conference doubleheader with second-place George Fox Saturday at Borleske Stadium.

A walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth from Jimmy Madden gave the Whits the opener, 3-2, and a two-run 10th provided a 3-1 win in the nightcap for the Bruins.

The split puts the Missionaries at 8-13 overall and 3-8 in the NWC. The Bruins stand at 9-2 in conference.

After Derek Dixon hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead, the Missionaries responded. Peter Valentine’s infield single, his third hit of the game, scored Chris Andrews to get Whitman even at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth. Madden’s two-out single then drove home the winner.

In the second game, both pitching staffs controlled the game.

The Bruins limited Whitman to only four hits while Missionary starter Spencer Hobson went 7 and 2/3rds, giving up only one run on five hits while striking out seven.

George Fox got a lead-off single in the ninth from Dixon, who then advanced to second on a sacrifice. A balk and a wild pitch got Dixon home to tie the game.

The wheels came off for the Missionaries in the top half of the tenth. A single, error, and a single loaded the bases for George Fox. The go-ahead run scored on a passed ball. Dixon followed with a single to drive home an insurance run.

In the home 10th, Kyle Moyes drew a two-out walk but Whitman could not advance him.

The series concludes today with a noon single game.

First Game

GFU 100 000 001 — 2 5 1

Whit 000 100 002 — 3 8 3

Gartner, Keenan (9) and Rapacz; Matherly, Maislin (8) and Harned.

HR — GFU: Dixon.

Hits — GFU: Zeller 1, Miller 1, Rapacz 1, Williams 1, Dixon 1; Whit: Cohen 2, Moyes 2, Valentine 3, Madden 1.

Second Game

GFU 000 000 001 2 — 3 9 2

Whit 000 010 000 0 — 1 4 2

Harris, Buckles (5), Kittelson (9), Eberhardt (9) and Rapacz, Johnson (7); Hobson, Lambert (8), Thompson (10) and Cohen.

HR — none.

Hits — GFU: Zeller 1, Miller 1, Clifford 2, Dixon 3, Hegelmeyer 1, Williams 1; Whit: Braff 1, Cohen 1, Young 1, Madden 1.

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