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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team let a four-run lead slip away late, but were able to come out on top 9-8 Thursday afternoon at Hugh B. Mendez Stadium over Castleton University.
The Purple & Gold have been red hot as of late winning three of their last four and move to 6-3, 1-2 SCIAC.
They jumped out in front putting up a six spot in the 2nd coming on five hits, while capitalizing on an error. Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) went back to back with singles and Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) then got hit by a pitch that loaded the bases. Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) then drew a five pitch walk that brought in one and that led to Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) and Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) singling in the next four runs. Capping off the inning was Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) who fouled out to the right fielder but with the speedy Tuerffs on third, he was able to tag up to put WC on top 6-0.
Castleton was able to get two back the very next inning to cut the deficit to four but the Poets were able to get them back in the 4th. Washington led off the inning singling up the middle and Tuerffs followed with a bunt single. Lamar then laid down a sacrifice bunt moving both runners into scoring position and that then led to Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) and Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) adding base hits that brought in a pair.
A quick two outs in the 6th put the Spartans in an early hole but they managed to get out of it to tack on another two runs with Steve Walsh singling up the middle. They trailed 8-4 going into the 8th and they continued to battle this time adding four runs on two hits to tie things up, which included a two run double to left center from David Benham with two outs.
But in the bottom half of the frame the Poets were able to counter adding the go ahead run off the bat of Mulrooney who doubled to left center that drove in Lamar who reached earlier on a walk before moving into scoring position on a wild pitch.
Mulrooney finished the game 3-4 with two runs batted in. Macey was 3-5 with an RBI and Tuerffs was 2-5 scoring twice and driving in two. Washington also had a game going 2-3 scoring twice and driving in one, while also drawing a walk.
James Beaudin (Seattle, WA) got the start and threw a strong 5.2 innings giving up four runs on six hits in the no decision. Colby Vosgien (Burbank, Calif.) got the win going .2 innings giving up a run on a hit and Macey added the save, his third on the season.
Whittier has a short turn around as they welcome in the University of Redlands for a three game series beginning tomorrow, Friday, February 23 with first pitch slated for 2:30pm.