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ORANGE, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team put together a late comeback Saturday but ultimately fell short 9-7 to Chapman University at Hart Park.
With showers going on and off during the first game and a steady rainfall in the late innings, the Poets and Panthers decided to postpone the third and final game of the series until Tuesday.
Whittier jumped out in front in the first inning as Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) went yard down the right field line for his first of the season. But it would be all Chapman from there as they put up five runs on just two hits getting after Poet starter Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) in the bottom half of the frame. He picked up two quick outs but was unfortunate from there, as Chapman would draw two walks and a hit by pitch that loaded the bases. From there two singles and an error would bring across the five runs putting WC in an early hole.
It got worse for the Poets as CU added another four runs across the 3rd, 4th, and 5th sparked by a Blodgett solo shot to center in the 4th. Trailing 9-1 and with their backs against the wall WC began their comeback tacking on runs in the 6th and 7th. Macey started the comeback drawing a walk and then moved up on a wild pitch before advancing to third on a groundout. He would then come in on another wild pitch.
The very next inning they added another this time with Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) and Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) going back to back with doubles. This put runners on second and third with one out and this would bring up Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) who would drive one to left field, which plated the Poets third run of the game.
The 8th was a big inning with four runs coming across for Whittier. Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) started things off with a single to right and advanced to third on two wild pitches. Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) then singled to third base that put runners on the corners and that then led to Mulrooney scoring on a wild pitch, Lamar singling to left, Krska singling up the middle and Blansett doubling down the left field line that pulled WC within two.
In the 9th, Whittier had their final at-bats and got a leadoff single from Macey to left but immediately after Mulrooney would ground into a double play that ended the threat.
Macey picked up the loss going just .2 innings giving up two earned runs on a hit. On offense Lamar finished 2-4 scoring twice. Krska was 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI and Blansett was 1-1 with three RBI's. Washington also added a 1-4 effort scoring once and driving in another along with a walk. Macey finished 1-2, scored once and drew three walks.
Whittier will make their way back to Hart Park this Tuesday, March 13 to finish the series with first pitch set for 6:00pm.