Sixth Inning Double Breaks Open Pitching Duel and Leads Whitworth to 3-1 NWC Win Over Bearcats

SALEM, OR - Caleb Reaber doubled home a pair of runs in the sixth inning to break open a pitcher's duel as the Whitworth Pirates beat the Willamette University baseball team 3-1 Sunday in a Northwest Conference game at John Lewis Field.

Steve Hare (4-1) pitched a complete game 3-hitter to help the Pirates improve to 16-13 overall, 10-5 in the NWC. Tye Sundlee (3-4) took the hard-luck loss for the Bearcats (14-16, 9-12 NWC), allowing three runs and five hits in his eight innings of work.

Whitworth manufactured a run in the first inning to take the early lead in the rubber game of the three-game set. Ryne Webb singled with one out. After Nick Froman walked, the two executed a double steal. Webb came around to score on Mike Marlow's ground ball to short.

Kyle Stalker tied the game with a 400-foot home run over the center field fence, leading off the bottom of the second inning. It was Stalker's second home run of the weekend and a team-high sixth of the season.

But Ware allowed only singles to Grant Yamaguchi and Colin Young, and a pair of walks, over the final seven innings.

Sundlee and Ware battled through five innings until Whitworth scored twice in the sixth to decide the game. After Sundlee had retired the first two batters, Froman singled. Marlow then walked and Reaber drove a double down the right field line to chase both of them home for a 3-1 Pirate lead.

The Bearcats travel to Whitman next Friday and Saturday for a three-game series. Lewis & Clark travels to Whitworth for a match-up against the Pirates.