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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team took the three game series over Chapman University winning 7-5 and 6-4 before falling 13-2 in the final contest.
The Purple & Gold improve to 5-13, 3-9 SCIAC.
Game 1 (W, 7-5)
Whittier came out hot in the first game of the series on the road as they jumped in front 4-0 and despite being threatened was able to add three over the 6th and 7th that clinched the win.
The Poets left the bases loaded in the 3rd but was able to go in front. With two outs Tanner Marcoe (Northridge, Calif.) got the rally started with a walk before stealing second.
The very next inning, Whittier opened the game up with a three spot coming on three hits. Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.) led off the inning with a single to shortstop and moved up to second after a walk to Steven Castro (Long Beach, Calif.). Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) sacrificed them over into scoring position and Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) drove them both in with a double to left.
Washington moved up 90 feet on a passed ball and then came in on a Marcoe single to left.
Chapman got three back in the bottom half of the 5th that cut the deficit to one but that's as close as they would get as Lamar would single in Krska in the 6th. Krska would then come up clutch in the 7th with a two run single, which proved enough for the victory.
Justin Ushio (Mililani, HI) picked up his second win on the season going 7.0 innings giving up two earned runs on seven hits. Krska finished 2-3 with a run scored and two runs batted in, while Lamar and Burditt were 2-5.
Game 2 (W, 6-4)
The Poets continued to provide offense in the first game of the doubleheader. They trailed early 1-0 but came back to add two of their own in the bottom half of the inning with Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) tripling to center and Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) singling back to the pitcher.
Marcoe added another in the 5th when he grounded out to the shortstop but again CU managed to come back to pull even the very next inning. The Panthers gained their second lead in the 7th capitalizing on an error as they moved the score to 4-3 but again the lead would not hold as Raynaud would come up in the bottom half of the 8th and belt the eventual game winning three run shot to deep left that put WC on top 6-4.
Despite another strong start by Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) who went 7.0 innings giving up three earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts, he picked up the no decision, while Justin Kottinger (Stockton, Calif.) picked up his first throwing one inning giving up just one hit. Jack Silva (Katy, TX) who already has two wins on the season picked up his second save.
Krska finished 2-3 scoring once. Macey was 1-3 with two runs scored and a run batted in and Raynaud was 1-4 with a run scored and three RBI's.
Game 3 (L, 13-2)
The last game of the series proved tough for the Poets as their bats went quiet. They did hold a 2-1 lead after the 4th however with Raynaud going yard with a two run blast. But those would be the only runs that came across as the Panthers would add three over the next three innings and another nine over the final two that helped them avoid the sweep.
Tim Turpen was charged with the loss but did go deep in the game with 7.1 innings giving up six earned runs on 10 hits.
Raynaud finished 1-4 with a run scored and two runs batted in and Krska was 1-2.
Whittier hosts Cal Lutheran, tomorrow, March 14 in a non-conference bout with game time set for 2:00pm as they start up an eight game non-conference stand.