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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team saw their losing skid move to seven games over the weekend as they were swept by the University of Redlands 6-1, 4-2, and 7-3.
The Purple & Gold now drop to 2-9, 0-6 SCIAC.
Game 1 (L, 6-1)
Offense struggled in the first game of the series on the road collecting just five hits. UR put the Poets in the hole early bringing across four runs in the second. Justin Ushio (Mililani, HI) surrendered another two over the 4th and 5th innings before coming out in the 6th.
Then the offense started in the 7th with Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) walking and moving to second after Will Reader (San Francisco, Calif.) reached on an error by the third baseman. Steven Castro (Riverside, Calif.) then singled scoring Macey and Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) then followed with a single himself to right before Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) grounded out into an inning ending 4-6-3 double play.
Five different Poets recorded a hit on the afternoon, with Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) walking twice. Ushio picked up the loss going 6.0 innings giving up six runs on nine hits.
Game 2 (L, 4-2)
It was a pitcher's duel in the first game of the doubleheader as Michael Collins and Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) went head to head. Turpen went 6.0 innings strong giving up three runs on seven hits picking up the loss.
Redlands for the second straight game jumped out in front early scoring three runs in the first two innings putting Whittier in an early hole. Whittier pulled within one soon after scrapping a run across over the next two innings but they couldn't get anything else as they were shut down over the final four innings.
The first run came in the 4th with Macey singling to right field and then being brought in by Charlie Mayfield (Placentia, Calif.) doubling down the right field line. The very next inning, Lamar singled up the middle that plated Tanner Marcoe (Northridge, Calif.) who reached on a bunt single and then moved over with a stolen base.
Blansett finished the game 2-4. Lamar was 1-4 driving in one and Macey was 1-4 with a run scored.
Game 3 (L, 7-3)
The Poets ace was on the mound in game three, Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.). He went 7.0 innings strong giving up seven runs, with only three being earned on eight hits as he became unlucky once again in another loss.
Five runs came across in the 3rd and 4th innings that again put UR on top quickly. The Poets put up three in the bottom half of the 3rd with Lamar and Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.) adding singles and Macey driving in another with a sacrifice fly. But again those would be the only runs brought in as Redlands would tack on another two in the 7th as they held on for the sweep.
Lamar finished the game 1-4 with a run scored and a run batted in. Raynaud was 1-4 driving in one and Marcoe was 1-3 with a run scored and a walk.
Whittier returns to the diamond this weekend, March 3-4 as they take on Pomona-Pitzer in a three game series. Friday, March 3 they host Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 2:30pm before traveling to Pomona-Pitzer for a doubleheader the next day on the 4th with game times set for 11:00am and 2:30pm.