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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team was unable to complete the comeback Thursday afternoon as they fell 6-3 to Wesleyan University at Memorial Field.
Prior to the game, Whittier College alumnus and former Poet baseball player, Adam Elberg '91, Founding Partner, President, and CEO of Professional Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy threw out the first pitch. He has provided a generous donation to the Whittier College Baseball team as they begin preparations for permanent stands and a press box, while also making renovations to the batting cages.
To watch the ceremonial first pitch, click here: Adam Elberg '91 First Pitch
The first four innings of the contest went by quickly as both pitchers threw lights out. Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) went 5.0 innings strong giving up two runs on nine hits as he left with the no decision.
The Cardinals struck first in the Top half of the 5th with a pair of runs but those would be answered by the Purple & Gold in the bottom half of the inning. Hank Burditt (Granada Hills, Calif.) led off the inning with a single to right field and was followed by Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) singling to left. Will Reader (San Francisco, Calif.) then stepped in and drove one up the middle that brought in one, while Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.) drove in the second with a single to left center.
The score remained deadlocked until the 7th and 8th when Wesleyan brought in another four that put them on top for good. In the 9th, Whittier put together a two out rally with Reader doubling to right field and coming in on a Charlie Mayfield (Placentia, Calif.) single to right but that comeback would end soon after as Whittier would fall by three.
Justin Kottinger (Stockton, Calif.) picked up the loss going just one inning but surrendering three runs on two hits. Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) led the offense going 3-4. Macey was 2-4 with a run scored, while Reader was 2-4 with an RBI.
Whittier returns to the diamond again in non-conference action today, Friday, March 24 as they host Williams beginning at 3:00pm.