WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College baseball team overcame four errors in the first three innings of the game to upset No. 24 Redlands on Friday afternoon at Memorial Field. The Poets pushed the tying run across the plate in the sixth and scored the eventual game-winner in the eighth to shock the Bulldogs.
Whittier’s half of the sixth started with senior Chris Hylland who hit a pinch-hit single up the middle. Hylland, who has been limited to action because of a knee injury, was pinch-run for by Reed Tuttle. The Poets needed only one more batter tie the score at 4-4 as freshman Jacob Storrer double down the left field line to score Tuttle from first.
The Poets sacrifice bunted Storrer to third but the purple and gold left him stranded on third as the Bulldogs managed to get out of the inning.
Keith Hoefel went to the mound to start the seventh and pitched his first of three perfect innings. He relieved senior Kevin Pigott who allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits with two strike outs in his final start for the purple and golf.
In the home half of the eighth the Poets were aided by back-to-back errors by the Bulldogs to put runners on first and second with no outs. Whittier attempted to sacrifice bunt Andrew Vallejo to put runners in scoring position but his bunt went right back to the pitcher who threw Tuttle out at third. The Poets went back to their bench and called on Darby Weppner to pinch hit with one out, and despite not getting a hit, he still came through.
Weppner hit a ball to the second baseman who committed his second error of the inning and allowed Storrer to score from second. The run was the difference as Hoefel earned his second win of the season with a perfect ninth frame.
Storrer finished the afternoon with a team-high two hits and two runs scored while senior Ben Cohon singled in his final home game.
Whittier scored one run in the third as Nick Amicone drove in Tyler Bogart who led the inning off with a double. The Poets’ fourth started with a one-out double from Storrer and featured an RBI-double from Ian Bablewski and an RBI-ground out from Pete Mitchell.
Whittier will conclude its season tomorrow afternoon in Claremont, Calif., against the Stags.