SPOKANE, Wash.- Pacific’s bats were on fire on Saturday afternoon as the Boxers blasted nine home runs to sweep the doubleheader at Whitworth, clinching the series victory.
Isaac Lovings (Senior/Beaverton, OR) had an amazing day at the plate, showcasing his skills as a power hitter by going 7-for-11 on the day with two singles, two doubles, and three bombs.
Ty Yukumoto (Freshman/Waipahu, HI) was right behind Lovings, going 4-for-10 on the day and hitting two big flies.
Six different Boxers would homer on the day, making it nine home runs on the day. On top of that they had 11 hits in game one, and 16 in game two. A fiery offense complemented with some excellent pitching performances set the tone for the series.
The Boxers’ pitching staff held the Pirates to just ten hits on the day, racking up 13 strikeouts through the two games. Kahi Bisho (Senior/Honolulu, Hi) would lead the pitching staff with five strikeouts, surrendering just one one earned run through four innings.
The Boxers started off with nothing in the first, but Lovings began his outstanding day at the plate with a home run in the top of the second to even the score at 1-1. The Boxers went into the bottom of the second with starting pitcher Will Clark (Junior/Boise, ID) on the mound.
Allowing a leadoff walk followed by a single, the second inning turned out to be the only other scoring inning of the game for Whitworth. They managed to score two runs on two hits and one error committed by the Boxers.
The score would remain unchanged until the top of the 5th, when Brad Altomare (Senior/San Ramon, CA) started the Boxers off with a double to left field, followed by an RBI by Tyler Quinn (Junior/Mililani, Hi) to make the score 3-2, with the Pirates still holding the lead.
The Boxers would finally tie up the game in the top of the 6th, which was highlighted by a few hits that would put runners on second and third, and an error to score the tying run.
After six innings pitched, Clark’s time on the rubber would come to an end. He would end the day with four strikeouts, only allowing four hits and three earned runs leaving the Boxer offense in position to add on.
The seventh inning showed the strength of the Boxers offense, which was highlighted by four runs on three hits, two of which being home runs by Patrick Muskat (Red Shirt Freshman/Beaverton, OR.) and Andrew Thomas (Senior/Escondido, CA). The Boxers would now hold a comfortable 9-3 lead heading into the eighth inning.
Tyler Agnew (Junior/Folsom,CA) would then take over on the mound in an effort to keep the lead his offense gave him.
Pacific’s offense was not done with the long ball yet, as Lovings started off the top of the ninth with his second homer, which completed off his 3-for-5 game at the plate. after another hit, Dawson Tokishic (Sophomore/Kahului, HI) hit a two-run blast, capping off the Boxers’ 12-3 win in the series opener.
The Boxers bats did not disappear in game two, as Cole Strober (Senior/Pacific City, OR) led the top of the first off with a double to left center. A single by Quinn would bring in the first run of the game.
Kahi Bisho got the nod in game two. It was a shaky start for the right-hander as he allowed a two-run homer in the first, but he would settle down to eventually earn the win.
Pacific would not score again until the third, when Yukumoto went deep to tie the game at 2-2.
Bisho would hold the Pirates scoreless for three innings and eventually hand the ball over to Cayden Okada (Freshman/Waipahu, HI) who would pitch the fifth and sixth inning, allowing one hit and no runs.
The Boxers would continue to pour it on when they scored two runs in the seventh inning, courtesy of a Ryan Krout (Senior/Washougal, WA) single, followed by Lovings’ third homer of the day. Entering the eighth inning with a 6-2 lead and Davis Koester (Sophomore/Trout Lake, WA) on the mound, Pacific was feeling good. Cherish only allowed two runs through three innings, which made room for the offense to shine even more on the day.
After a walk by Quinn, Yukumoto would launch his second homer of the game in the top of the eighth to extend the lead.
Another walk to start off the top of the ninth would set up the scene for Elijah Gonzales (Sophomore/Covina, CA) in his first career at-bat, to which in true Boxer fashion he would hit no-doubt two-run bomb.
Koester would allow just two runs, one in the eighth and one in the ninth, to keep the Boxers comfortably out in front.
The Boxers look to get the series sweep tomorrow, Mar. 13, where they will play the Pirates once again at 12:00pm in Spokane.
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