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WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College Baseball team couldn't hold a 6-0 lead as the Tigers of Occidental College would come back to win 9-8 Thursday afternoon at Memorial Field.
Whittier drops to 2-3 and is now 0-1 in SCIAC play.
Errors proved costly for the Purple & Gold as they committed five errors en route to giving up nine straight runs over four innings.
Whittier was able to get out in front 6-0 with Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) sacrificing in Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) who had doubled down the left field line that led off the inning. The very next inning Whittier capitalized on two errors by the Tigers, while putting on five hits bringing across five runs.
But in the 5th the wheels started falling off as Oxy began chipping away at the lead getting two back before adding four in the Top half of the 7th behind a McNeil single through the left side and a double from Oki.
In the 8th with the game all knotted up at two, Oxy was able to go out in front for the first time with Smith scoring on a wild pitch and DeRaad coming in on an error by the catcher.
Whittier got one back in the bottom half of the inning with a two out rally. Hank Burditt (Granada Hills, Calif.) doubled to center and was brought in following a Mulrooney single up the middle.
After a 1-2-3 inning in the top half of the ninth, Whittier had an opportunity to tie up the game and force extras in the bottom half. Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.) led things off with a single. Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) then doubled down the right field line and Tanner Marcoe (Northridge, Calif.) then walked that loaded the bases. But Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) would come up and end the threat as he would hit into the 6-4-3 double play.
Macey finished 2-3 with a run scored. Mulrooney was 2-4 driving in three runs and Marcoe and Krska each recorded two hits a piece.
Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) picks up the no decision going 6.2 innings giving up four runs on seven hits, while striking out seven. The loss goes to Jack Silva who went 1.1 innings and gave up two crucial runs on a hit.
Whittier completes the three game series with Oxy this Sunday, February 19 on the road with game times set for 11:00am and 2:30pm.