First inning struggles lead to CLU sweep of Poets

First inning struggles lead to CLU sweep of Poets

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Cal Lutheran scored nine runs in the first inning and never looked back as it completed the season sweep of the Whittier College baseball team with a 14-2 win on Friday afternoon at Ullman Stadium.

The Kingsmen chased starting pitcher Keith Hoefel after just a third of an inning. Hoefel allowed seven runs (six earned) on three hits and three walks. The CLU first frame feature four doubles, two singles, one error and nine runs.

Whittier (8-29, 5-20 SCIAC) was held hitless in the second, third and fourth innings before it got a one-out double from Nick Amicone. He was stranded at second to end the inning.

Darby Weppner collected his second hit of the afternoon in the sixth inning but didn’t get past second base before the Poets were retired.

Andrew Vallejo finally got Whittier on the board with a solo homerun to lead off the top of the seventh inning, making the score 14-1. Chris Hylland singled home Ben Cohon in the top of the ninth to score the other WC run.

Cohon hit a double to left center to put himself in scoring position.

WC used four arms in the game. Ryan Schwenn entered the game with one out in the first and got through the third inning before giving way to Andrew Pigott. Pigott went 4.0 innings and allowed four hits and one run. Casey Serna threw the final frame and gave up one hit.

The Poets return to the diamond tomorrow afternoon as they host Occidental in the series finale at 1 pm.