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WHITTIER, Calif. – Errors proved costly for the Whittier College Baseball team Thursday as they fell 11-9 to Ithaca College at Memorial Field.
The Purple & Gold drop to 6-14, 3-9 SCIAC and are now 5-9 at home this season.
A combined 14 errors were committed in the contest with eight coming from Whittier.
Ithaca and Whittier each added runs in the 1st inning with the Poets getting theirs following an Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) single to right who came across after a stolen base and error by the catcher.
The Bombers added five over the next two innings that opened the game up to 6-1. The Poets got two back in the bottom half of the 3rd with Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) doubling down the right field line and Will Reader (San Francisco, Calif.) singling to right as they cut the deficit to three.
Whittier pulled within one again at 8-7 following a four spot put up in the 5th. They capitalized on two Bomber errors, while also seeing Macey add a double to center field, Hank Burditt (Granada Hills, Calif.) and Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) each adding singles.
Errors proved tough to handle for Whittier the very next inning as they suffered two of them allowing another two runs to come across for Ithaca.
The Purple & Gold got two back in the 6th with Macey adding another double this time to left field, while Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.) added a sacrifice fly to center.
But that would be the last offense gathered by Whittier as they couldn't catch the Bombers in the two run loss.
Justin Ushio (Mililani, HI) picked up the loss, as he drops to 2-3. He went 2.0 innings and gave up three earned runs on six hits. Macey led the offense going 3-5 with three runs scored and two runs batted in. Krska was 1-4 with scoring once with two RBI's, while Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) was 1-2 with two runs batted in.