Pfeffer Players Hero in 16 Inning Win for Whitworth - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Pfeffer Players Hero in 16 Inning Win for Whitworth

Posted: Updated:

Story by Whitworth Univ. Athletics

SPOKANE, Wash. – Tyler Pfeffer singled home Justin Liu with two outs in the bottom of the 16th inning to lift Whitworth to a 6-5 win over visiting Puget Sound in the finale of a three-game Northwest Conference series on Sunday afternoon at Merkel Field.

The Pirates improve to 8-6-1 overall and 3-0 in the NWC with the sweep of the Loggers (7-9, 2-4).

The game was tied 4-4 after Josh Davis' single tied the game in the eighth inning for the Pirates. No runs were scored again until each team posted a single run in the 14th.

The contest was marked by a pair of impressive relief pitching performances from each team. Taylor Isadore threw 6.2 innings of two-hit, scoreless relief for the Pirates, while Lucas Stone moved from the outfield to pitcher and tossed 7.1 innings of relief for the Loggers. Neither factored into the final decision, however.

Stone got his team on the board initially with an RBI single in the top of the first inning. But the Pirates scored two in the bottom half of the first on Pfeffer's first RBI single of the game and a run-scoring fielder's choice by Nathan Jewett.

Whitworth added one more in the third on Jewett's RBI single to make it 3-1.

Puget Sound rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Kaulana Smith had a sacrifice fly to pull his team within a run. After Christian Carter reached on an error, Nathan Backes drove in a run with a fielder's choice. Backas later scored on Stone's double to give UPS a 4-3 lead. Two of the runs in the inning were unearned.

Whitworth tied it in the eighth, but had a chance to go ahead. Davis singled to center with the bases loaded and one out. Nick Motsinger scored from third, but Jeremy Druffel was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second base.

Nick Funyak's sacrifice fly in the 14th gave UPS a 5-4 lead, but the Pirates tied it on Druffel's RBI single in the bottom of the inning with two outs.

Liu set up the game-winning hit when he led off the bottom of the 16th with a double down the left field line.

Nick Scourey started the game on the mound for Whitworth and allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out five and walked two. Isadore followed with his 6.2 innings of two-hit relief. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter. Spencer Ansett (1-2) pitched the final 3.0 innings and got the win after giving up one run on two hits.

Nathan Aguiar went 4.0 as the UPS starter, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits. Steve Wager pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, followed by Stone's 7.1 innings of work. Rhett Gibbs finished up and dropped to 0-1 after pitching 1.2 innings.

Pfeffer and Druffel both had four hits on the day for the Bucs.

Whitworth will travel to the west side to take on Pacific Lutheran in a three-game series next weekend.

  • College

    • Rocky Wraps Up Spring Football with Scrimmage

      Check out highlights from the annual Rocky Mountain College spring football scrimmage.

    • Tinsley, Sweet Lead Crimson to Victory over Gray in WSU Spring Game

      by WSU Athletics SPOKANE, Wash. - Quarterback Trey Tinsley threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns while Kyle Sweet had game-highs of eight catches for 138 yards to led the Crimson team to a 34-24 victory over the Gray squad in the annual Crimson and Gray Game Saturday afternoon in front of 5,927 fans at Joe Albi Stadium.   Under sunny skies, the day began with the offense getting the better run of play. Tinsley led the Crimson team on an 11-play, 75-yard drive that culminated ...
    • Gonzaga beat Ohio State earlier this season, 86-59

      Gonzaga's Perkins undergoes shoulder surgery

      In an offseason overflowing with unexpected good news, Gonzaga men's basketball caught a bad break on Friday when Josh Perkins had to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder.

    • Photo: Washington State Athletics

      Ethridge names Laurie Koehn as women's basketball associate head coach

      Prior to coaching with Ethridge, Koehn spent 11 years playing professionally both in the WNBA and oversees.

    • Photo: Washington State Athletics

      Jason Hanson elected to CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame

      Hanson, a pre-med major, was a three-time Academic All-American during his four years in Pullman (1988-91) and concluded his senior season by being named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.

    • Throwback Thursday; Craig Carse

      Throwback Thursday with former MSU-Billings Head Basketball Coach Craig Carse

    • Former Gonzaga basketball stars to help Kiwanis Club through basketball game

      Former Gonzaga basketball stars Will Foster and Heather Bowman - along with SWX's Sam Adams - will team up with the Kiwanis Club in a charity basketball game Friday at 7 p.m. at University High School.

    • MSUB Baseball First Home Games this Weekend

      34 games played this season with zero home games, so far, for the MSUB Yellowjacket baseball team. That all changes this weekend when the jackets are home for a three games series against Concordia.

    • Zags get 19th win of year

      Zags edge out Cougs, 7-4

      Gonzaga scored a run in the first inning and added three runs on five hits in the second inning.

    • Jill Barta was named the WCC Player of the Year

      Jill Barta makes Minnesota Lynx's training camp roster

      Barta became the sixth player in program history to be named the West Coast Conference player of the year after averaging 18.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals in her final season at Gonzaga.

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/