WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College baseball team put together five hits and scored only two runs as an 11-run explosion by La Verne over four innings proved too much for the Poets to overcome in a 13-2 loss to the Leopards on Friday afternoon.
The Poets (1-10, 0-4 SCIAC) used a total of four pitchers and combined to allow 11 earned runs on 17 hits. Casey Serna started and lasted 3.0 innings. He gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits with four walks a pair of strike outs.
Tyler Bogart threw 3.0 innings of no-hit ball in a relief effort but allowed four walks.
Darby Weppner led the offensive attack for WC with a two-hit afternoon. He hit an RBI-double in the home half of the fourth to plate the Poets' first run of the game and he added his second two-bagger in the bottom of the ninth.
Chris Hylland produced the second run of the game for the purple and gold in the ninth on a sacrifice fly to score Ian Bablewski.
ULV (4-5, 2-2 SCIAC) scored two runs in each the second and third innings and added seven runs combined in the fourth and fifth innings in the win.
La Verne's starting pitcher Matt Baudino scattered three hits over 7.0 innings. The Poets got to Baudino for one run.
Whittier and La Verne resume its series tomorrow afternoon with a double header at La Verne. First pitch of Game 1 is schedule for 11 am.