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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College baseball team after narrowly losing 3-1 to the Kingsmen of Cal Lutheran University Friday afternoon got swept for the second straight day falling 6-1 and 9-6.
On a day where tempertaures reached mid 80's THE Poets were unable to get any offense going until late in the second game but at that point it was too late as the Kingsmen ran away with two victories.
The Poets drop to 8-8, 4-5 SCIAC, while the Kingsmen improve to 11-4, 7-2 SCIAC winning five straight a day after their Head Coach Slimak achieved his 500th win.
Game 1 (L, 6-1)
The Poets continued to search for their offense after being held to one run on four hits in Friday's game. In game one they were held to one run on seven hits after starter Austin Straus was chased in the first inning after surrendering four runs on three hits.
His replacement Taylor Fallon came in and pitched seven strong innings giving up one run on three hits to go with four strikeouts.
Cal Lutherans starter Ciaramitaro was too much for the Poets as he went seven shutout innings giving up four hits.
After the Kingsmen put up a five spot in the top half of the 1st Fallon shut them down over the next six innings, while Whittier managed their lone run in the 8th behind Pete Mitchell's triple to left center followed by his brother's Alex Mitchell's single that drove him in.
This would be all the offense the Poets would muster as the Kingsmen Park came in to shut the Poets down in order in the 8th and 9th.
Game 2 (L, 9-6)
In the second game of the doubleheader the Poets' comeback fell short after they came back from being down four to put up four runs in the 7th to tie up the game up at 6-6.
After the Poets and Kingsmen swapped runs in the 1st Cal Lutheran added three runs over the next two innings to go up 4-1. But Whittier added another in the 4th behind a Nick Amicone homerun that cut the Kingsmen lead to two.
The Purple & Gold continued to hit as they totaled 10 hits on the day including five that came in the 7th including P. Mitchell's three run shot that tied the game up at 6-6.
In the 8th Mike Rueda came in to shut down the Kingsmen but he gave up two runs on three hits to go with two walks including a hits batman that helped the Kingsmen regain the lead 8-6. After the Poets were sat back down in order Cal Lutheran added another in the 9th and that was all they needed as they preserved the three run victory.
Cory Goodchild finished the game going 3-4 with a run, while P. Mitchell finished 1-5 with a run and three RBI's.
Whittier looks to get back over .500 as they welcome in the Stags of Claremont-M-S for a three game series, beginning Friday, March 9 with game time slated for 2:30pm before the Poets travel out to Claremont, Calif. to take on the Stags for a twin bill the following day March 10 with games set to begin at 11am and 2pm.