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POMONA, Calif. – After taking the first game of the three game series, the Whittier College Baseball team traveled to Pomona-Pitzer Saturday but came away empty as they dropped both games in the doubleheader.
Despite snapping their seven game losing skid and beating Sagehen ace on Friday, the Poets were unable to take the series as they drop to 3-11, 1-8 SCIAC.
Game 1: L, 12-2
The Sagehens needed just seven innings to take game one of the doubleheader as the Poets found it difficult to bring runs across. They totaled six hits and managed just two runs, which came in the 7th but it wouldn't be enough as PP would tack on three in the bottom half of the frame that called the game.
Poet ace Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) got the start and went 4.0 innings picking up his third loss on the season. He gave up seven runs and 11 hits, with five being earned, while striking out three and left the game trailing 7-0.
The Sagehens tacked on another two the very next inning that moved the score to 9-0 before Whittier was able to bring runs across. Hank Burditt (Granada Hills, Calif.) led off the inning with a double to left and advanced to third on a balk. Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.) reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and was able to move all the way to third due to the over throw eventually scoring on a sacrifice fly by Will Reader (San Francisco, Calif.).
Burditt finished the game 2-3 with a run scored, while Reader was 1-2 with an RBI.
Game 2: L, 4-1
The second game, the bats again remained quiet this time being held to just one run and six hits. The game remained tight throughout as the Poets tied things up in the top half of the 3rd with an Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) single to right field, which drove in Tanner Marcoe (Northridge, Calif.) who reached earlier on a walk.
But that would be the only run brought across as Pomona-Pitzer' Nicholas Radich would continue dealing as he would go 7.0 deep, while getting help from his offense who would tack on a run in the 5th and 6th before adding insurance in the 8th.
Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) got the start and threw well going 7.0 innings giving up just two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out six. Lamar finished 2-4 with an RBI, while Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) was 2-3.
Whittier returns to non-conference play this Thursday, March 9 as they host Kean University beginning at 2:00pm.