Poets double up Caltech to complete series sweep

Poets double up Caltech to complete series sweep

WHITTIER, Calif. - In a double header that was originally scheduled to be played on Saturday afternoon in Pasadena, the Whittier College baseball team completed the series sweep of Caltech on Sunday at Memorial Field.

The Poets totaled 32 hits and 26 runs in the first game as they rolled to a 26-3 win.

Andrew Vallejo led an offensive explosion with a 6-for-6 day at the plate. He had two of the team's eight doubles, scored five runs, drove in a handful of runs and stole two bags. Darby Weppner had three hits in the game which includes two doubles.

Mike Rueda started the game and went 2.1 innings. He allowed just two hits but gave way to Kevin Pigott at the start of the Sunday portion of the game. Piggott went 4.2 innings, struck out five batters and allowed just one earned run on six hits.

Rueda earned the win in the first game of the twin bill.

Anthony Tsui, Cory Goodchild, David Tucci and Ryan Crawford all had doubles in the win. Every starter in the lineup had at least one hit.

The first 2.1 innings of the game were played in Pasadena before the game was postponed due to rain.

The second game of the day mirrored the first two games of the series for Whittier. The Poets reached the 20-run plateau for the third time in as many games against the Beavers with a 24-2 win.

Whittier totaled five more doubles in the game and had 21 total base knocks. Reed Tuttle, Chris Hylland, Cory Goodchild, Ian Bablewski and Weppner all had two baggers in Game 2.

Hylland finished the game 3-for-4 with five runs scored and two runs batted in. Jacob Storrer and Vallejo were both perfect from the dish with a 3-for-3 and 2-for-2 outing, respectively.

Tyler Bogart started the game and went 4.0 innings. He allowed just two runs on five hits to pick up the win. Casey Serna threw the final 3.0 innings. Serna allowed just two hits and struck out two batters.

The Poets return to action next Friday afternoon for a single game at Cal Lutheran. The double header of the series will be played on Saturday, March 13, at Memorial Field.