by Whitworth Univ. Athletics
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth baseball team added some brightness to what has been a disappointing season so far with a dominating 15-0 win over Willamette in the Pirates' home finale on Sunday afternoon at Merkel Field.
Carson Blumenthal threw his first career shutout to help Whitworth improve to 11-22-1 overall and 6-15 in the Northwest Conference. The Bucs broke a seven-game losing streak, their second such streak of the season.
The Pirates scored in every at-bat, beginning with a four-run first inning. Blake Thoren's three-run double highlighted the opening frame.
Jeremy Druffel added a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning to increase the Whitworth's lead to 6-0. Tyler Pfeffer had a two-run single in the fifth to increase his team-leading RBI total to 32.
Meanwhile Blumenthal did not allow a hit until the fourth inning. Willamette (17-19 overall, 11-10 NWC) only threatened in the sixth when a double by Austin Hagerty put runners at second and third with one out. But Blumenthal got a strikeout and ground out to shortstop to end the threat.
Blumenthal improved to 4-4 this season after allowing no runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked two batters in his second complete-game effort of the season. Hunter Gallant was the only Bearcat batter with more than one hit.
Druffel finished 4-6 at the plate for the Pirates, who had 17 hits in the game. Pfeffer went 3-4 and Thoren finished 3-5. Druffel, Thoren and Danny Jordan all drove in three runs each for the Bucs.
Simon Brandon (4-4) took the loss after he allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2.0 innings of work. Four other Willamette pitchers followed and each allowed at least one run.
Whitworth will close out its Northwest Conference schedule next weekend with a three-game series at Whitman.