CLAREMONT, Calif. — Whitman College got strong pitching in both games here Sunday, but hits were hard to come by as the Blues dropped both ends of a non-league baseball doubleheader to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Traven Craven went the distance on the mound in the opener for Whitman, which entered the California Classic doubleheader on a three-game winning streak. But the Stags got three runs off of him in the fifth inning, only one of them earned, and escaped with a 3-1 victory.
Then, after Blues starting pitcher Charlie Carmichael yielded single runs in the first and second innings, Whitman’s bullpen shut down C-M-S the rest of the way. But the Blues’ meager three-hit offensive attack was unable to overcome the early deficit as Whitman lost 2-1 and saw its season record slide to below the .500 mark at 8-9.
Whitman scored its only run in each game in the eighth inning.
In the first game, Jerick Nomura scored on a balk. And in the nightcap, Kyle Reisman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded that allowed Brett Williams to score
Whitman actually outhit the Stags 7-3 in the first game, with Lucas Thrun, Matthew Sox and Alex Behrman each picking up a pair of hits. Sox had two more hits, both singles, in the second game and Kevin Nakamura doubled, which accounted for all three of the Blues’ hits.
The sweep enabled Claremont-Mudd-Scripps to raise its season record to 6-5.
The Blues, who have yet to play at home because of the inclement weather conditions, wrapped up their stay in California here this morning when they took on Occidental College in a single game.
Whitman returns to Northwest Conference play this weekend. The Blues, 4-2 so far in league games, travel to Forest Grove, Ore., where they will meet Pacific University Saturday in a noon doubleheader and again Sunday in a noon single game.
Craven and Nakamura; Hull, Mannucci (7), Porras (8) and Miller.
Hits — Whitman: Nomura, Thrun 2, Sox 2, Behrman 2; CMS: Motter, Levenson 2, Clarke, Novograda, Bridges, Koo.
Carmichaael, Anderson (4), Kalnins (4) and Nevoso; Cordova, Mitchell (6), Porras (8) and Shore.
Hits — Whitman: Sox 2, Nakamura; CMS: Motter, Clarke, Novograda, Castillo, Bridges 2, Shore.