WHITTIER, Calif. - Sophomore Cory Goodchild hit for the cycle and the Poets scored in every at bat as the Whittier College baseball team snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 20-3 win over Caltech on Friday afternoon.
Goodchild began his quest for the cycle with a homerun in the home half of the second inning. His solo shot to left sparked a three-run inning to give the purple and gold a 4-0 lead.
In the third inning he picked up his double and added his second and third RBIs of the game as it scored Andrew Vallejo and Jacob Storrer. Goodchild singled in the fourth and tripled in the sixth to cap off his cycle.
He finished the game 5-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs.
Like Goodchild, Storrer was perfect at the dish with a 4-for-4 afternoon. He singled three times and tripled to go along with three runs scored and a pair of RBIs.
As a team the Poets collected 24 hits and it started with the first pitch of the first inning. Reed Tuttle led off the game with a single to centerfield and the Poets scored one run in the first off three hits.
The purple sox gave the pitching staff more than enough run support to earn the win. Darby Weppner started and went five innings. He scattered two hits and struck out six in earning his first win as a starter.
Weppner also added a single and a double from the plate with two runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base.
Vallejo and Josh Genzuk joined Goodchild, Weppner, Storrer and Tuttle with a multi-hit afternoon.
The Poets and Beavers are scheduled to finish their series with a double header on Saturday afternoon in Pasadena. However, with rain in the forecast over the weekend the twin-bill may be pushed to Memorial Field on Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned to WCPoets.com for more information.