Six-run second lifts Whittier past Panthers

Six-run second lifts Whittier past Panthers

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College baseball team scored six runs in the home half of the second which proved to be more than enough as the purple sox snapped a three-game slide with a 10-3 win over Principia on Wednesday afternoon.

Whittier (5-15) collected 12 hits as a team and got a strong five innings out of starting pitcher Keith Hoefel to earn the win. Hoefel allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with four strikeouts in picking up his first win of the season.

The difference in the game was the bottom of the second innings. Whittier scored its six runs on just four hits but was aided by five Panther errors.

The inning started with a run of the mill single by David Tucci to center field. The remainder of the inning would be anything but ordinary as a sacrifice bunt attempt in Whittier’s ensuing at bat turned into a first and third situation on throwing error by Principia.

After Josh Genzuk wore a ball to load the bases, Alex Mitchell picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice despite the Panther’s not recording an out. Reed Tuttle nearly cleared the bases with a two-RBI double down the left field line and Chris Hylland’s single through the right side scored Mitchell and put runners on the corners.

A failed pickoff attempt of Hylland at first resulted in the purple and gold’s next run as it scored Tuttle from third. Cory Goodchild was the second hits batsmen of the inning and after stealing second he was put out at third by the unusual 1-6-5 scoring. The play still plated Hylland.

The innings finally came to an end after Andrew Vallejo singled up the middle and ended up on third due to an error. The next two Poets went down quietly but the damage was done.

WC added two more runs in the fourth and its 10th, and final, run in the seventh.

Anthony Tsui had a perfect 3-for-3 day from the dish and Hylland and Vallejo each had two hits.

The Poets return to action on Saturday with a home-away double header. Whittier will host Rutgers-Newark at 9:30 am and then travel to Claremont, Calif., to face Pomona-Pitzer at 2:30 pm in a non-conference game.