LOS ANGELES – The Whittier College baseball team was held to three hits in the first game and lost Game 2 in the bottom of the 10th as Occidental earned the series sweep of the Poets with a 3-0 and 6-5 win on Saturday afternoon at Anderson Field.
The Poets (7-26, 4-17 SCIAC) tied things at 5-5 in the top of the eighth of the second game to send the outing to extra frames. Reed Tuttle led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Andrew Vallejo. He scored one batter later on an RBI-single by David Tucci.
Whittier left two runners on in the ninth and went down in order in the 10th which set up Occidental’s final at bat. A leadoff single started the Tigers’ inning. OXY had a runner on third with one-out after a steal of second and a sacrifice bunt. Two intentional walks later and the bases were full of Tigers with one out.
Occidental came through with an RBI-sacrifice fly to right field to end the game.
WC went through four arms and it was Casey Serna who suffered the loss as he pitched the 10th frame. Andrew Pigott and Alex Gast threw well in relief as they combined for 4.1 innings of shutout ball. They each allowed three hits and struck out one batter apiece.
Darby Weppner had a three-RBI, three-hit, outing while Tuttle and Tucci finished with two hits each.
The bats of Whittier were silenced in the first game. Occidental used one pitcher who struck out six and scattered just three hits.
Weppner singled in the first inning, Jacob Storrer hit a double in the fourth and Ian Bablewski had a single in the seventh. The Poets only had two runners reach scoring position. Bablewski’s single moved Vallejo to third while Storrer got stranded at second after his double in the fourth.
Keith Hoefel threw well but suffered the loss. He went 6.1 innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits with a pair of K’s. Mike Rueda threw 1.2 innings out of the pen and gave up one hit and one run.
Whittier returns to action on Friday, April 16, as they face Pomona-Pitzer in a single game at 3 pm in Claremont.