WHITTIER, Calif. - After two postponements due to inclement weather the Whittier College baseball team and Chapman University were finally able to open their three-game series. The No. 4 Panthers used an offensive explosion to earn the doubleheader sweep of the purple and gold with a 14-1 and 11-1 victory.
The Poets' bats were held in check all afternoon and the WC pitching staff had troubling containing the aluminum of the Panthers. Whittier was held to just 10 hits in the two games while Chapman totaled 38.
Freshman Jake Storrer was a bright spot for Whittier as he went 4-for-8 with a double in his debut in the purple and gold. His efforts were highlighted by a 3-for-4 outing in Game 2.
Whittier's starting pitchers surrendered 15 runs in 5.2 innings and both suffered the loss in their first starts of the year.
Ryan Schwenn lasted 3.1 innings and allowed nine runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in the first game. He was doomed by a third including that included a grand slam.
Austin Nogueira got the nod in Game 2 and gave up six runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings of work.
The Poets used eight pitchers in the two games and got solid efforts from Mike Rueda and Tyler Bogart. Rueda and Bogart closed out the second game with four scoreless innings. The Panthers were held to just six hits over the final 12 outs.
The Poets and Panthers will conclude their series tomorrow evening at Chapman.