WEST LINN, Ore. - Whitworth scored all eight runs after the completion of the fifth inning to rally for an 8-6 win at George Fox in the rubber game of a Northwest Conference baseball series on Sunday afternoon at West Linn High School.
The Pirates claimed their third win in the last four games, all against nationally-ranked opponents, to improve to 12-15 overall and 6-6 in the NWC. Whitworth defeated 10th-ranked Linfield last Sunday, then took two of three this weekend against the 14th-ranked Bruins (18-7, 9-6).
Landon Scott went 4-4 at the plate, while Nick Ashley hit his first home run of the season to lead Whitworth to the win.
Trailing 4-0 in the top of the sixth, Ashley drilled a three-run homer to left to pull the Pirates within 4-3.
George Fox got one back in the bottom of the sixth before Whitworth tied the game in the seventh. After Nathan Johnson doubled to lead off the seventh, Gerhard Muelheims singled Johnson home. Muelheims later scored on JR Jarrell's sacrifice fly.
The Pirates took an 8-5 lead in the eighth. With the bases loaded Tyler Pfeffer drew a walk to force in the go-ahead run. Scott then laced a single through the left side that plated two more runs.
Sam Stahl drove in the final GFU run with a grounder to second with the bases loaded in the eighth. But Johnson, who pitched the final 5.2 innings of Saturday's win, threw the last 1.2 innings on Sunday to earn his first save of the season. He got the final out with the tying runs on base in the eighth, then set the Bruins down in order in the ninth inning.
Kramer Kembel (2-0) pitched two innings of relief to pick up the win on the mound for Whitworth. Andrew Snyder (2-2) gave up five runs in 1.1 innings of relief for George Fox and took the loss.
Coming up: Whitworth will host Pacific Lutheran next weekend for a three-game NWC series. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single contest on Sunday at noon.