Baseball drops pitchers dual 2-1 to Kean

Baseball drops pitchers dual 2-1 to Kean

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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team dropped another tight game Thursday afternoon as they fell 2-1 in a pitchers dual against Kean University.

Freshman Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) put together his best start this season as he went 8.0 innings deep giving up two runs on 10 hits.  Justin Hernandez for the Cougars matched him inning for inning going 8.1 innings giving up just one run on five hits, in what are saying was the quickest game all season.

Despite giving up double digit hits, Mancia was able to strand eight runners.  Three times the Purple & Gold were able to get a runner in scoring position but wasn't able to bring anyone across over 8.0 innings.  The best opportunity for the comeback in the bottom half of the 9th.

Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) led things off getting hit by a pitch before advancing down on a wild pitch.  He then moved to third with Hank Burditt (Granada Hills, Calif.) grounding out and eventually came home on a Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) double down the left field line.  Macey then moved over to third following a balk with just one out but was stranded as Mike San Angelo (Downey, Calif.) and Will Reader (San Francisco, Calif.) would be retired.

Macey finished 2-3 with a run batted in, while Washington, Steven Castro (Long Beach, Calif.), and Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) each recorded hits on the day.              

Whittier opens up a three game series tomorrow, Friday, March 10 as they take on Chapman University on the road beginning at 2:30pm.