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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team avoided a sweep by the Stags of Claremont-M-S Saturday as they provided a comeback in game one to win 14-11 before being run ruled in the second 19-3.
Game 1 (W, 14-13)
But the Stags came back in their half taking the lead right back as they plated three runs on two hits.
The Poets continued to swing the bat in the 2nd collecting three hits from Tanner Marcoe (Northridge, Calif.), Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.), and Hank Burditt (Granada Hills, Calif.) that brought in another three runs moving the score to 5-3. But again it was short-lived as CMS would come back adding three themselves that gave them back the edge at 6-5.
In the 4th, the Poets rallied again with another three runs on three hits, this time thanks to Steven Castro (Long Beach, Calif.) who singled, while at the same time capitalizing on an error by the second baseman.
After seeing the game tied up once again, the Stags were able to go back on top in the 5th with a single run but lost the lead in the 7th and 8th as they gave up six runs on four hits. Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) reached first that led off the 7th by getting hit by a pitch and was then moved over to third after a Macey double to left. After a Burditt walk that loaded the bases, Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) drew a base on balls that brought in one followed by Macey coming in on a balk.
In the 8th, the Poets opened the game up with a four spot this time with Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) and Macey singling in a couple runs followed by Burditt doubling to right field.
CMS tried to come back bringing across two runs in the 9th but saw their rally cut short as Jake Savard would ground out to end the game.
Lamar finished the game 3-4 scoring a career high five times. Mulrooney was 3-5 coming across three times, while Macey was 3-5 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Burditt wrapped up the offensive also going 3-5 on the day scoring once and driving in three.
Justin Kottinger (Stockton, Calif.) came in relief and picked up the win after going 3.0 innings giving up just one run on four hits as he improves to 2-1 on the season.
Game 2 (L, 19-3)
It was a rough outing in the second game of the doubleheader as CMS added runs over the first five innings, which included an eight spot in the 5th that put the game out of reach.
The Poets trailed 11-0 before finally getting on the scoreboard in the 5th with all three of their runs coming on two outs. They collected three hits and capitalized on an error. Marcoe got the rally started reaching first following an error by the shortstop. Lamar then singled to center that brought in one right in front of Mulrooney who singled down the right field line, which brought in another. The final run came in on a wild pitch but that would be the last offense generated as the Stags added eight runs on six hits in the bottom half of the frame that secured the series.
Lamar finished the game 2-2 with an RBI. Mulrooney was 1-3 driving in one and Charlie Mayfield (Placentia, Calif.) was 2-3.
Justin Ushio (Mililani, HI) was charged with the loss as he lasted 3.0 innings giving up seven earned runs on seven hits. He drops to 2-8 on the season.
Whittier has one final three game series next weekend as they take on the University of La Verne. They travel on Friday, April 28 with first pitch set for 3:00pm before returning home the next day, Saturday, April 29 for Senior Day and a doubleheader.