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WHITTIER, Calif. – It took 14 innings and close to four hours Friday for the Whittier College Baseball team to pick up the 3-2 victory over Southern Vermont at Memorial Field.
With the win the Purple & Gold improve to 6-15, 3-9 SCIAC and have now taken part in their first extra inning contest on the season.
It was a pitchers dual throughout with a combined 19 hits being added, 12 being from Whittier.
It was scoreless through four until both teams would scrap for a run in the 5th. The Poets picked theirs up on a two-out double from Hank Burditt (Granada Hills, Calif.) to center that plated Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) who reached on an error by the second baseman.
The next four innings went by quickly as well as they remained scoreless forcing the game into extras. In the top of the 10th, Southern Vermont would go ahead with Zach Stacey putting down a suicide squeeze and threatened for more but Jack Silva (Katy, TX) was able to get DuBois to ground out into the inning ending 6-4-3 double play.
Trailing by one, Whittier was able to bring across the game tying run in the bottom half. Burditt led off the inning getting hit by a pitch. Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) then walked that put runners on first and second and they would both move up into scoring position due to a passed ball.
Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.) then stepped in to hit a sacrifice fly that tied things up but the inning would end and the opportunity to walk off as Charlie Mayfield (Placentia, Calif.) would ground out into a 5-2-3 double play earning the force out at home.
A double play ball in the 11th ended a mini threat for the Mountaineers as the game remained scoreless until the 14th. Whittier had an opportunity to win the game in the 13th with Lamar tripling to left field but he would get left on as Michael Angulo would ground out in the ensuing at bat.
The luck would fall the Poets way in the 14th though as they would pick up the game winner. Macey reached on an error by the first baseman and moved up to second on a Will Reader (San Francisco, Calif.) walk. Raynaud would then lay down a rare bunt down the third baseline forcing the third baseman to make a tough throw, which he threw away allowing Macey to come in to win the game.
Silva picked up the win going 4.2 innings giving up one run on three hits. Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.), the Poets ace got the start and again got the no decision going 9.0 innings surrendering just one run on four hits to go with seven strikeouts.
Whittier remains with non-conference play this Thursday, March 23 as they host Wesleyan (CT) beginning at 3:00pm.