WHITTIER, Calif. - The Whittier College Baseball team avoided a sweep by Willamette University Saturday as they split with the Bearcats falling in game one 12-5 before pulling off the 9-3 victory in game two.
Game 1 (L, 12-5)
Willamette struck early and held a 1-0 lead before opening up the game with a four-spot in the fourth inning. Whittier finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) drove in Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) with a sacrifice fly. Angulo led off the inning with a double to right center.
Another three for the Bearcats in the sixth would move the score to 9-1. Whittier added another two in the bottom half of the inning coming on four hits. Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) led off the inning with a single and moved to second after an Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) hit up the middle.
Two batters later Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) would double to right center bringing in one and Angulo would cap off the scoring with a single up the middle.
Willamette would come back to tack on another three soon after that gave them 12 and despite Whittier adding a run in each of the next two innings it wouldn't be enough.
Freshman James Beaudin (Seattle, WA) threw 4.0 innings and picked up the loss surrendering six runs on nine hits.
Angulo would lead the offense going 3-5 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Mulrooney was 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Game 2 (W, 9-3)
The second game of the doubleheader was a pitchers duel. Whittier struck first during their opening at-bats as Macey would double to right scoring Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.). This lead would hold until the third when the Bearcats would go in front following a two-run jack.
But Whittier would regain it quickly as Angulo would double down the left field line scoring Tanner Marcoe (Northridge, Calif.), while Lamar singled in another.
The Poets held a 3-2 lead and would extend it to 5-2 in the fifth with Raynaud singling to left center and Macey reaching on a fielders choice. Mulrooney continued to swing a hot bat as he would single in another run the very next inning and the Poets would roll from there adding another three runs on three hits in the seventh that secured the win.
Justin Ushio (Mililani, HI) picked up his first win of 2017 as he went 6.0 strong innings with two runs on five hits. Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) picked up the save going the final three innings giving up just a run on three hits.
Raynaud came up big with a 3-5 effort with a couple runs scored and two runs batted in. Angulo was 1-4 scoring twice and driving in one, while Macey was 1-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Whittier has a couple weeks off before returning to competition on Friday, February 17 when they open up a three game series with Occidental College. They host a single game beginning at 2:30pm before traveling for a twin bill the next day with game times set for 11:00am and 2:30pm.