THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Kingsmen scored nine of their 11 runs in the first two innings on Friday afternoon as they snapped Whittier’s three-game win streak with an 11-4 win in the first game of the weekend series.
Cal Lutheran got to starting pitcher Darby Weppner early, plating four runs in the first inning. CLU followed their explosive first at bat with a five spot in the home half of the second.
Whittier (4-13, 3-7 SCIAC) faced an 11-0 deficit before Cory Goodchild drove in Jacob Storrer with an RBI sacrifice fly in top of the fourth. Storrer led off the inning with a double to left center.
The Poets pitching staff held Cal Lutheran to just two hits in the final five innings but the first three Kingsmen at bats proved to be too much to overcome.
Alex Gast pitched 3.0 innings in relief holding CLU to just one hit. Weppner suffered his first loss of the season as he went 5.0 innings allowing 11 runs (10 earned) on 13 hits with three strike outs.
Storrer provided the purple and gold with their second run of the game with a solo homerun in the sixth frame and the Poets were able to add two more runs in the top of the ninth.
Josh Genzuk had an RBI single that scored Goodchild and Chris Hylland drove in Ryan Crawford with a single of his own.
Hylland finished the game 3-for-5 with an RBI, Weppner and Storrer each collected two hits and Goodchild, David Tucci and Genzuk all had one hit.
The Poets and Kingsmen will resume their series with a double header at Memorial Field tomorrow afternoon. The first pitch of Game 1 is slated for 11 am.