Poets cut down Loggers in 4-3 win

Poets cut down Loggers in 4-3 win

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College Baseball team cooled off the red hot Loggers from Puget Sound Sunday as they held on for the 4-3 victory at Memorial Field.

The Loggers were coming off a 22 hit effort against Pomona-Pitzer but saw their bats cooled off by Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.), Jack Silva (Katy, TX), and Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) who combined to give up three runs on 10 hits.  Marcia got the start and went 6.2 innings with three strikeouts and earned the no decision.  Silva came in relief and picked up his first win on the season and Turpen closed out the game with his second save throwing a 0.2 scoreless inning.  

The first three innings went scoreless before PS would strike in the fourth bringing one across.  The Poets would respond however in their half of the inning capitalizing on an error as Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) would ground out to the shortstop that would allow Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) to score from third.

Both the Poets and Loggers would swap runs again in the sixth that deadlocked the game at 2-2.  Angulo would drive in Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.) who reached earlier on a walk.

In the seventh, Whittier grabbed their first lead bringing across a pair off the bat of Macey who doubled in Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) and Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.).

Puget Sound however rallied in the ninth bringing across a run that pulled them within one and then had an opportunity for the game-tying score but Mulrooney would come up with a huge assist from right field gunning down the base-runner trying to score from second for the final out.

Mulrooney, Lamar and Macey each recorded two hits a piece and combined for three runs scored and two runs batted in.  Angel finished 1-3 and also drove in a pair of runs.                            

Whittier has a couple weeks off before returning to competition on Friday, February 17 when they open up a three game series with Occidental College.  They host a single game beginning at 2:30pm before traveling for a twin bill the next day with game times set for 11:00am and 2:30pm.