Poets sweep twin bill with Beavers; Roll to 13-2, 16-2 victories
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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College baseball team combined for 29 runs on 26 hits to sweep the doubleheader today against the Beavers of the California Institute of Technology 13-2 and 16-2.
Whittier now improves to 7-5, 3-2 SCIAC, while Caltech still seeks their first win of the season.
Whittier who is coming off of a 12-0 victory over Caltech yesterday afternoon again used late inning runs to pull away from the Beavers. Caltech answered first in the 2nd inning after bases got loaded behind a double from Penserini and a single from Sheehan, but Whittier squared the game up at one a piece in their half as James Stafford singled to drive in Stephen Zavala who had advanced to second because of a wild pitch.
But this would be as close as the Beavers would get as Whittier exploded for 11 runs over the next two innings to put the game out of reach. In the 6th, Vallejo doubled driving in two, while Corey Jensen drove in Alex Mitchell and then scored himself on a wild pitch to push the Poet lead to 7-2.
The Purple & Gold didn't stop there as they added another six runs in the 7th behind two singles from Josh Genzuk and Vallejo and two doubles from A. Mitchell and Jensen that forced the game to be called after seven.
Austin Straus went two innings of work and gave up one run on two hits to go with four strikeouts, while Taylor Fallon came in to pitch 5.0 innings getting the win giving up one run on four hits to go with five strikeouts.
Vallejo led the Poets on offense going 4-5 with two runs and four RBI's, while Jensen finished 3-5 with a run and two RBI's. On the day Whittier stole seven bases including A. Mitchell (2), Cory Goodchild (2), Zavala(2), and Stafford.
Game two started the complete opposite of game one as Whittier jumped out early scoring 12 runs in the first three innings and scoring at least one run over the next four making a statement early. Michael Olmstead pitched for the Poets going 5.0 innings giving up one run on three hits to go with five strikeouts moving his record to 2-0 on the season.
Oliver Curtiss was tagged with the loss as he went 2.2 innings giving up six runs on seven hits, while Penserini went 2.0 innings giving up seven runs on five hits.
Vallejo had yet again a solid game finishing 2-2 with three runs and an RBI, while Amicone finished 1-3 with three RBI's.
The Poets look to use this offense as they begin preparing for a SCIAC showdown next Friday, March 2 as they travel to Thousand Oaks, Calif. to take on the Kingsmen of Cal Lutheran University.