REDLANDS, Calif. – The Whittier College baseball team suffered a three-game sweep this weekend to the University of Redlands. The Bulldogs took the first of the series at Whittier on Friday afternoon, 16-2, and scored eight runs in each game on Saturday to complete the sweep.
The Poets (7-23, 4-14 SCIAC) had trouble slowing the bats of Redlands in the Friday game. UR totaled 24 hits and scored in all but two innings of the game.
WC went through six pitchers and had no one go longer than three frames. Albert Payano went 3.0 innings and gave up three runs on six hits. The loss was suffered by Ryan Schwenn who got tagged for four runs on five hits in the first innings.
Reed Tuttle went 2-for-2 in Friday’s loss and scored one of two runs for Whittier on the afternoon.
In the first game on Saturday the Poets scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 3-1 lead but Redlands cut the lead to 3-2 after the home half of the fifth and reclaimed the lead with a four spot in the sixth.
The Bulldogs added two insurance runs in the seventh en route to the 8-3 win.
WC collected 11 hits with four coming in the fifth. The inning began with a single from Ian Bablewski. He moved to second on a single by Alex Mitchell and later scored on a double by Reed Tuttle. Mitchell and Tuttle were brought home one batter later on a two-RBI triple form Jacob Storrer.
Keith Hoefel started and went 5.0 innings. He allowed just two runs (one earned) on seven hits but did not factor into the decision. Austin Nogueira suffered the loss as he gave up six runs (four earned) on seven this in 1.0 innings of work.
The Bulldogs put the Poets away early in the second game of the twin bill with a five-run second inning. Whittier answered with one run in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-1 but Redlands kept the pressure on with two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth.
Whittier’s run in the fifth started with a one-out walk to Cory Goodchild. He scored two batters later on an RBI-double from Tuttle.
Taylor Fallon started on the mound and went 5.1 innings. He allowed seven runs on 11 hits.
The Poets return to action next weekend with a three-game set against Occidental.