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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team walked off Friday afternoon as they snapped their seven game losing skid in a 3-2 victory over Pomona-Pitzer at Memorial Field.
The Purple & Gold now improve to 3-9 and pick up their first Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) victory.
It was a pitcher's dual over nine innings. Justin Ushio (Mililani, HI) and David Gerics combined for 15 innings strong. Ushio picked up the no decision in his best start of 2017 going 7.0 innings giving up one run on four hits, while striking out a career high seven.
Gerics went a complete game and gave up three runs in the loss and struck out eight as he drops to 1-2.
The first two innings went by quickly until the Poets struck for a pair in the bottom half of the third. Will Reader (San Francisco, Calif.) led off the inning with a walk and moved up following a single by Steven Castro (Long Beach, Calif.). Tanner Marcoe (Northridge, Calif.) was then hit by a pitch that loaded the bases and Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) capitalized knocking in two with a single to left.
The Sagehens got one back the very next inning as Rogan would take Ushio deep for a solo shot to dead center. This score would hold over the next four innings despite Pomona-Pitzer threatening in the 8th getting the game-tying run on third base but Royce Komesu (Kailua, HI) would come up huge inducing a groundout, while picking up two strikeouts that ended the threat.
In the ninth, however, PP would pick up that tying run though coming on a two-out single by Nishioka but they couldn't get on top as Jack Silva (Katy, TX) would buckle down striking out Rogan on the very next at bat that kept the game tied.
In the bottom half of the inning, with Whittier getting their final at bats, they would come up with the winning run on two hits. Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) singled through the left side and scored on a Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.) double down the left field line.
Silva picked up the win as he improves to 2-1. In an inning he struck out three and gave up two hits and that crucial run. Lamar finished 2-4 with two runs batted in and Raynaud was 2-4 with the game tying RBI. Castro was 1-3 scoring once and Macey was 1-4.
Whittier wraps up their three-game series with the Sagehens, tomorrow, March 4 on the road with a doubleheader with game times set for 11:00am and 2:30pm.