WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College baseball team capped its weekend of action with a season sweep of Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Caltech on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Field. The Poets needed only seven innings to snap their nine-game skid.
The weekend started rocky for the purple and gold as Pomona-Pitzer rolled to a 15-1 win over the Poets on Friday afternoon. WC hosted La Verne on Saturday and fell 20-3.
Whittier (8-28, 5-19 SCIAC) came out swinging on Sunday as Cory Goodchild led off the home half of the first with a solo homerun to left field. The Poets manufactured four more runs in the inning and held a 5-0 lead after one inning.
The Purple Sox hung an eight spot in the second inning that featured four doubles. Darby Weppner hit a one-out two bagger to left center and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Reed Tuttle. Andrew Vallejo drove in Jacob Storrer with a double to center, Goodchild cleared the bases with a three-RBI double to right center and Alex Mitchell doubled in Goodchild.
After Caltech got on the board with two runs in the third the Poets pushed two more across the plate in their ensuing at bat. Ryan Crawford brought in Tuttle who led off the inning with a double and Goodchild singled to right field to score Ben Cohon.
The runs kept coming for the Poets as a triple to right field by Storrer sparked a three-run fourth. Cohon picked up two RBI with a triple to left field and he later scored on an RBI-single by Crawford.
Cohon’s run in the fourth was the final of the game for WC and made the score 18-4. The Beavers added one in the top of the seventh to see the final tally sit at 18-5.
Cohon was a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish while Goodchild, Storrer, Tuttle and Crawford all had three hits. Tuttle was 3-for-3 at the plate. Kevin Pigott earned his first win of the season on the mound behind a 5.0-inning performance. He gave up 10 hits and allowed four runs.
Goodchild’s weekend started with a 2-for-4 afternoon against the Sagehens. He drove in the only run of the outing for the Poets. Tuttle added two hits to his weekend total against La Verne and Storrer had a team-high two RBI against the Leopards.
Next weekend the Poets will play a game on Friday and Saturday afternoon. The first game will see Whittier travel to Thousand Oaks to face Cal Lutheran at 3 pm. WC will return home on Saturday to play host to Occidental at 1 pm.