Baseball Gameday Central: WC vs. La Verne

Baseball Gameday Central: WC vs. La Verne
 Whittier College vs La Verne
Whittier  1-9 (0-3 SCIAC)
Last Game  2/20 vs. Pomona-Pitzer L, 18-1 Recap
La Verne  3-5 (1-3 SCIAC)
Last Game  2/20 vs. Redlands - L, 4-2
 The Series
Whittier  Roster | Schedule | Stats
La Verne  Roster | Schedule | Stats
Last Meeting
 03/28/09 L, 10-3 | Recap
Last WC Win
 3/28/08 W, 7-6 | Recap
Series Record
 19-8, La Verne (Since '02)
  Game 1 Game 2 & 3
 Date:  Friday, February 26  Saturday, February 27
 Time:  2:30 pm  11:00 am & 2:30 pm
 Location:  Whittier, Calif. | Weather  La Verne, Calif. | Weather
 Venue:  Memorial Baseball Field  Ben Hines Field
 Live Stats:  Game 1  N/A


#19 Casey Serna

Probable Pitching Rotation:

 Friday:
WC: RHP, Casey Serna (0-0, 0-0 SCIAC, 7.56 ERA)
ULV: LHP, Matt Baudino (1-1, 0-1 SCIAC, 5.02 ERA)
 Saturday Game 1:
WC: RHP, Mike Rueda (0-0, 0-0 SCIAC, 6.58)
ULV: RHP, Tim Jolly (0-1, 0-0 SCIAC, 9.49 ERA)
 Saturday Game 2:
WC: RHP, Kevin Pigott (0-2, 0-1 SCIAC, 18.90 ERA)
ULV: RHP, Dane Delfs (0-3, 0-1 SCIAC, 10.38 ERA)

*subject to change



#18 Ryan Crawford

#5 David Tucci

Probable Position Starters:

 POS   WHITTIER   AVG   H   OB%   SLG%   RBI 
 C
 Ryan Crawford  .188 3 .235 .188  0
 1st
 Austin Staus .270 10 .372 .351 3
 2nd
 Chris Hyland  .261 6 .357 .391 5
 3rd  Reed Tuttle  .333 11 .378 .424 6
 SS  Cory Goodchild
.200 7 .333 .229 3
 LF  Darby Weppner  .220 9 .238 .463 6
 CF  Jacob Storrer
.256 11 .319 .535 4
 RF  Andrew Vallejo .184 7 .244 .263 1
 DH  David Tucci
.190 4 .292 .238 1

 

 POS   La Verne   AVG   H   OB%   SLG%   RBI 
 C
 Mike Surina  .419 13 .486 .774 12
 1st
 Jon-Michael Hattabugh .355 11 .462 .581 8
 2nd
 Matt Proulx .182 4 .333 .182 2
 3rd  Sergio Munoz .333 6 .368 .333 1
 SS  Aaron Coopman
.292 7 .419 .500 2
 LF  Jason Munoz  .278 10
.316  .333 3
 CF  Kent Longnecker .176 3 .417  .176 3
 RF  Mike Belcher
.188 3 .278
.188
2
 DH  Victor Peinado .348 11
.462 .522 8

*subject to change


#9 Reed Tuttle

WC vs. ULV Preview:

The Poets will take to field on Friday against La Verne in search of their first SCIAC and their first win in the state of California. The Leopards swept the series in 2009 winning one non-SCIAC game in the California Invitational, 5-4, and another three in conference play the following weekend 14-5, 13-11 and 10-3.

Despite getting swept, Whittier was able to score 23 runs on 40 hits which includes 11 extra base hits. The offensive production wasn’t enough as the defense committed 12 errors and the pitching staff with finished a team ERA of 7.54.

Coming into the 2010 series the Poets and Leopards shared four common opponents, all of which were played at the Arizona Desert Classic in Anthem, Ariz. WC went 1-3 at the Classic while ULV posted a 2-2 record.

Whittier (1-9, 0-3 SCIAC) is coming off a though sweep at the hands of No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer. Reed Tuttle gave a strong showing at the plate earning a hit in each game of the series. He finished with a total of five base knocks. In addition, Jacob Storrer contributed with three doubles, one in each game, and a pair of RBIs. Taylor Fallon gave a strong pitching performance on Friday allowing just four runs (three earned) in four innings with four strikeouts.

La Verne (3-5, 1-3 SCIAC) split their double header last Saturday but lost the series to SCIAC foe Redlands. ULV was able to comeback in their home opener on Saturday morning to win the first game, 5-4, but dropped the second game 4-2 and the single-game at Redlands on Friday, 7-2. The Leopards offense is led by third basemen Sergio Munoz and catcher Mike Surina who are each batting at a .417 clip. The starting pitching for La Verne went 5+ innings in each outing against the Bulldogs and combined for 11 strikeouts.

Whittier will take the field looking for strong pitching performance while trying to capitalize on offensive opportunities early. The Poets have improved their defense in the 2010 season turning 13 double plays through the first 10 games. The key this weekend is for the starting pitching to keep the offensive firepower for the Poets in striking distance.

 2009 Games
03/21/09 Game 1: L, 5-4     Boxscore | Recap
03/27/09 Game 2: L, 14-5   Boxscore | Recap
03/28/09 Game 3: L, 13-11 Boxscore | Recap
03/28/09 Game 4: L, 10-3   Boxscore | Recap
Opponent  Whittier 
 La Verne 
#18 George Fox  L, 10-7  W, 11-8
       Linfield  L, 9-3  L, 11-10
#25 Pacific Lutheran 
 L, 10-4  L, 13-4
       Whitman  W, 11-9  W, 9-2
Record 1-3 2-2

Austin Straus
#24 Austin Straus

Whos Hot:

Austin Straus

 AVG 
 AB   R   H   2B   3B   RBI   TB   SLG 
.273 11 0 3 1 0 0 4 .364
ERA  W-L   APP   IP   H   R   ER   BB   SO 
0.00 0-0 1 2.0 0 0 0 2

 

Read Tuttle

 AVG   AB   R   H   2B   RBI   SLG 
.417 12 2 5 1 1 .583

*Stats from last 3 games


Schedule/Standings:


 SCIAC    Overall 
 Pomona-Pitzer 6-0
6-2
 Redlands 4-2
6-2
 Claremont-M-S
4-2
5-5
 Cal Lutheran 2-1
7-3
 Occidental 1-2
4-6
 La Verne
1-2
3-5
 Whittier 0-3
1-9
 Caltech 0-6
0-7
Find Full Standings Here
Date Opponent   Links
02/07/10 Chapman L, 14-1 Boxscore  Recap 
02/07/10 Chapman L, 11-1 Boxscore  Recap 
02/08/10 at Chapman L, 15-3 Boxscore  Recap 
02/11/10 vs. Whitman  W, 11-9 Boxscore  Recap 
02/12/10 vs. Linfield L, 9-3 Boxscore  Recap 
02/13/10 vs. Pacific Lutheran L, 10-4 Boxscore  Recap 
02/14/10 vs. George Fox L, 10-7 Boxscore  Recap
02/19/10 at Pomona-Pitzer * L, 13-3 Boxscore  Recap
02/20/10 Pomona-Pitzer * L, 14-3 Boxscore  Recap
02/20/10 Pomona-Pitzer * L, 18-1 Boxscore  Recap
02/23/10 British Columbia L, 11-6
Exhibition 
02/26/10 La Verne * L, 13-2 Boxscore  Recap
02/28/10 at La Verne * 11:00 AM
02/28/10 at La Verne * 2:30 PM

Game Notes:

  • On 3/21/09 Whittier played La Verne in the California Invitational
  • Whittier and La Verne played four games in a row in 2009
  • Austin Staus was hurt in the game on Friday 2/26 he will not be aviable the rest of the series
  • Chance of rain on Saturday, if games are postponed will be made up Sunday
  • Do to the rain games on Saturday were postponed to Sunday 2/28

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