ANTHEM, Ariz. - George Fox stung Whittier with a five-run second inning which proved to be the difference on Sunday afternoon in the final day of the Arizona Desert Classic. The Poets lost their third game of the weekend, 10-7, to the Bruins to fall to 1-3 in the Grand Canyon State.
Whittier (1-6) jumped out to 2-0 lead after one inning but surrendered its lead in the ensuing Bruin at bat. A solo homerun started the GFU second and cut WC's lead to 2-1.
The Bruins drew three consecutive walks to load the bases with one out and after a strikeout left the Poets one out from getting out of a jam Sam Stahl cleared the bases with a grand slam.
Two errors in the bottom of the second pushed three Poets across the plate to tie the score at 5. WC reclaimed the lead in the fourth as Darby Weppner hit an RBI single to score Josh Genzuk who led off the inning with a double.
Genzuk finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI.
George Fox scored a run in each the fifth and sixth innings but Whittier knotted the game at 7 with a run in the home half of the sixth.
The Poets had two outs with a Bruin on second base in the top of the seventh put an error prolonged the inning and allowed George Fox to take a 10-7 lead.
WC managed one hit in the seventh and one hit in the eighth.
Weppner drove in two runs for the game on a 2-for-5 afternoon and Reed Tuttle went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
Kevin Pigott started on the mound and last 4.1 innings. He allowed six runs on six hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Taylor Fallon threw 3.1 innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits. Fallon suffered the loss.
Andrew Pigott threw the final 1.1 innings and didn't allow a single hit.
The Poets open up conference play with a three-game series against Pomona-Pitzer. The first game is scheduled for 2:30 pm on Friday afternoon in Claremont, Calif.