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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier baseball team earned a split with Occidental College Saturday afternoon to the sound of 9-5, and 2-1.
Keith Hoefel started for the Poets throwing 5.0 innings of work giving up four runs on eight hits to go with four strikeouts and a no decision.
Whittier (15-17, 7-14 SCIAC) tore open the game with a three spot in the bottom half of the first behind a two run shot by Dan Gleiberman which put the Poets up 2-0. Darby Weppner then followed that up with a single up the middle and Cory Goodchild drove him in with a double to the right center field gap.
But the lead was long lived by the Poets as the Tigers began chipping into the lead getting runs in six of the nine innings and shutting down the Poets offense holding them to just two runs over the next eight innings.
Casey Serna was tagged with the loss as he pitched 2.0 innings giving up two runs on three hits moving his record to 2-2 on the season.
Game 2 was a whole different story for the Poets as it turned out to be a pitcher's duel. Ryan Schwenn took to the mound to record his third win of the season throwing 8.0 innings of work giving up one run on seven hits to go along with five strikeouts.
Taylor Fallon relieved Schwenn in the ninth and recorded his seventh save of the season retiring the side to secure the victory.
Offense was hard to come by in the game but the Poets were able to grab a run in the fourth as Andrew Vallejo led off with a walk and then moved over to second due to an error by the pitcher and was then brought in with a single by Alex Gast.
That put the Poets up 1-0 but they wanted insurance and that came in the bottom of the seventh when Gleiberman doubled into the left center field gap and was able to come around and score due to an error by the shortstop.
Two runs was all the Poets needed to secure the win as they held on to win 2-1.
The Poets return to the diamond as they travel to Pasadena to take on the Beavers of the California Institute of Technology Friday, April 15, at 3 pm.