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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College baseball team saw their winning streak snapped at four games after they dropped a tight 12-6 decision to the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer Sunday morning.
Whittier who had won their previous two extra contests over Redlands and Chapman this past week were unable to upend the No. 2 seeded Sagehens as they surrendered 12 runs on 17 hits.
The Poets struck first for three runs in the top half of the first after they gathered five singles and a double. The Sagehens responded in their half though getting two runs back and then would add a two run single in the 4th that helped put them in front 5-3.
Sophomore designated hitter Cody Martinez then answered; after driving a double to left center in the first he then drove a two run shot to right in the top of the fifth that evened the game up at five
Gentili would then double in the bottom half that brought around the go ahead run for PP before Madden would single in a pair that put the Sagehens in front 8-5. Pomona-Pitzer would add to their lead with a pair in the seventh until the Poets would stop the run getting a run in the eighth thanks to Stephen Zavala who doubled to left that drove in Alex Mitchell.
Nick Garcia got the start and went 4.0 innings giving up five runs on nine hits and he was relieved by Michael Olmstead in the 5th who surrendered four runs on three hits getting charged the loss, his first of the season.
Jonathan Whipple and Zavala each finished with three hits apiece, while Martinez finished 2-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in.
Whittier wraps up their 2013 season this Tuesday afternoon, April 30 when they host the University La Verne on senior day beginning at 3:00pm.