Fallon pitches complete game shutout; Poets win seventh straight

Fallon pitches complete game shutout; Poets win seventh straight

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WHITTIER, Calif. – Senior right-hander Taylor Fallon tossed a complete-game five-hit shutout to lead Whittier to a 10-0 victory over Claremont-M-S in front of two hundred plus at Memorial  Field on Friday afternoon.

The Poets finish the season series 2-2 with the Stags and now improve to 20-15 overall and 14-11 in SCIAC, while Claremont-M-S drops to 14-23, 9-16 SCIAC.  The previous time these two teams met Claremont-M-S took two of three but Whittier only needed eight innings and a strong pitching performance from Fallon this afternoon to keep the Poet win streak alive at seven.   

Fallon earns his fourth victory and picks up his second complete game of the season. In 8.0 innings pitched, he gave up just five hits and two walks, to go with twelve strikeouts.

Stag starter Hadzinsky (3-4) suffered the loss, and yielded nine hits, seven runs (two earned), and four walks with four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Shipley and Rizzo combined to pitch the final inning and a half surrendering three runs on three hits. 

Senior Nick Amicone got the Poet rally started in the second inning with a double to left field and was later brought in by a Tyler Bogart single up the middle. 

In the third inning, Cory Goodchild hit a two-out double to left center, his eighth of the season, which scored Alex Mitchell from second putting Whittier on top 2-0. 

The Poets extended their lead in the bottom half of the seventh to 8-0 plating six behind five singles and three errors.  A. Mitchell led off the inning with a single and stole second.  Andrew Vallejo was then intentionally walked and on the ensuing batter Corey Jensen reached due to a throwing error by the pitcher that scored A. Mitchell and Vallejo. 

After Goodchild grounded out in the next at bat Whittier used four singles from Austin Straus, Amicone, Bogart and Josh Genzuk to extend their lead going into the eighth.

After a scoreless top of the eighth, Whittier added two in their bottom half behind a two out rally sparked by Jensen who started the rally with a walk.  Phil Acosta came in to pinch run for Jensen and was moved over to second after Straus was hit by a pitch.  After a wild pitch advanced both runners up a base Amicone singled up the middle to score both moving the Poet lead to 10-0 despite a diving attempt by the centerfielder.

Due to the ten run rule the game was called after the eighth and Whittier was able to earn their seventh win in a row.

Whittier and Redlands will play their final head to head matchup of the season in Riverside, Calif. tomorrow, Saturday, April 21 beginning at 4pm.