Baseball team opens conference season this weekend

Whitman Baseball

Below are a couple of schedule notes for the games Saturday and Sunday:

Saturday, March 7, 2009

University of Puget Sound versus Whitman College at Borleske Stadium (2 9 inning games), 12 p.m.

The Missionaries will open their conference schedule against Puget Sound, last year’s sixth-place team. This game could also be the first appearance of Whitman basketball star Chris Faidley in a baseball uniform. Whitman, with only 16 players at last weekend’s scrimmage, struggled during their non-conference schedule, going 1-5 and giving up an average of over ten runs a game. The Missionaries and Loggers will play the second game of their double header thirty minutes after the completion of their first game.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

University of Puget Sound versus Whitman College at Borleske Stadium (2 7 inning games), 11 a.m.

For the second straight season, the conference schedule will play two double headers over one weekend. To battle fatigue, however, every game each Sunday will be only seven innings long. In addition to the four games over this weekend, Whitman and Puget Sound also played a non-conference game on February 22. UPS took the game 9-8 after scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth after Whitman led 8-7 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Again, the second game of the double header will be played thirty minutes after the end of the first game. Whitman ace Pete Stadmeyer will start the first game of the double header after going 0-1 in two non-conference starts.

-Andy Jobanek