Pacific swept a doubleheader – winning game one, 4-2 and taking the nightcap, 6-1 – from Whitman College on Sunday in Hillsboro. In the nightcap, Pacific pitchers Aiden Prentice and Drew Fagerness combined on the six-inning, no-hitter in the 6-1 non-conference win over the Blues.
Pacific pitchers Aiden Prentice and Drew Fagerness combined on the six-inning, no-hitter in the 6-1 non-conference win over the Blues.
Pacific third baseman Shane Suyama went 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead an eight-hit attack. Dylan Wright added two hits and two RBI in the win. The three hits for Suyama were a career-best for the third baseman.
The Boxers scored twice in the first inning and added to its lead with three run third inning for a 5-0 lead. The final run came across on the second RBI single of the day by Suyama.
In three innings of work, Prentice – who got the start – walked two and struck out three before giving way to Fagerness in the top of the 4th. Fagerness picked up where Prentice left off, striking out three more to close the game. After surrendering an unearned run in the top of the sixth, the coaching staff of both teams and the umpires agreed to end the contest.
In game one, the Boxers plated a run each in the first three innings en route to a 4-2 win over Whitman. Catcher Luke Peevyhouse and second baseman Dustin Meyer each had two hits and a RBI to lead a six-hit attack. Starting pitcher Brady O'Keefe went five innings, scattering three hits and striking out two in the win to improve to 1-0. Senior Spencer Backstrom pitched the final two innings for his fourth save of the season.
The sweep by the Boxers improves Pacific to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in the Northwest Conference, the Blues fall to 4-4 and 1-2 in conference play. The 7-2 start for Pacific is its best start to the season since 2003. It is the third-straight year that the Boxers have taken the series against Whitman. The doubleheader and series was moved to Ron Tonkin Field, home of the single A affiliate Arizona Diamondbacks – the Hillsboro Hops.
Next, Pacific will travel to Willamette for a three-game road series in Salem. The action gets underway with a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m.