The Whitworth baseball team’s magical first trip to the NCAA Division III World Series came to a heart-breaking end following a 5-4 loss to SUNY Cortland on Monday morning at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis.
Whitworth (31-16-1) completed an amazing season, smashing the previous school record for wins in a season and advancing to the NCAA Division III finals in its first-ever trip to the national tournament after winning the McMinnville (Ore.) Regional.
Whitworth rallied for three runs in the top of the third inning to take a 3-2 lead before Cortland got two runs in the bottom of the sixth and one more in the seventh for a 5-3 advantage.
Kennewick graduate Landon Scott singled and scored on a one-out double by J.R. Jarrell to cut it to 5-4, but the Pirates stranded Jarrell in scoring position. Scott, a senior, scored two runs in his final collegiate game.
Kevin Valerio, another former Kennewick star and Whitworth senior, went 2-for-4 to close out his final game.
Lewis and Clark State eliminated at NAIA World Series
Kennewick’s Austin Pentecost allowed just two runs over 5 1⁄3 innings for Lewis and Clark (42-14), leaving the game with a 3-2 lead in the sixth inning.
But LC couldn’t hold the lead in a 7-3 season-ending loss to LSU-Shreveport, allowing the tying run in the seventh and a walk-off grand slam by Devon Greco in the bottom of the ninth at the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho.