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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team found themselves swept over the past two days by the Ephs of Williams College.
Whittier has now lost three straight as they drop to 6-18, 3-9 SCIAC.
Game 1 (L, 11-6)
A combined 17 runs were scored in the first game on 20 hits. Each team scored three times in the 1st inning that kept the game deadlocked until the 5th.
Whittier loaded the bases after an Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) double down the left field line, a single by Hank Burditt (Granada Hills, Calif.) and a hit by pitch by Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.). Will Reader (San Francisco, Calif.) brought in the first run with a sacrifice fly to center and Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.) capped off the scoring with a single to left.
Williams added another four in the top half of the 5th, which moved the score to 7-3 and they didn't look back tacking on another four the very inning that put the game out of reach.
Trailing 11-3, the Poets attempted a comeback with a three spot in the bottom half of the 6th with Macey clearing the bases with a double to left center but it wouldn't be enough as the Ephs would hold on for the five run victory.
Justin Ushio (Mililani, HI) picked up the loss going 4.0 innings surrendering six runs on five hits.
Six different Poets grabbed hits on the afternoon with Raynaud going 1-2 with a run scored and a run batted in and Reader going 1-1, scoring once, with an RBI and a walk.
Game 2 (L, 3-2)
The second solo game was a pitchers duel and runs were hard to come by on both sides. The Poets jumped out in front 2-0 following a Steven Castro (Long Beach, Calif.) double down the left field line and a Dmitri Washington (Peoria, Calif.) single to right center.
But those would be the lone runs scored for the Purple & Gold as the lead was given up in the 5th as the Ephs capitalized on two costly Poet errors.
The game was deadlocked at 2-2 until the 7th when Williams went out in front with the eventual game winner coming on a single by Hatheway, which scored Cloud who reached on a triple to center field.
Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) picked up the loss going 7.0 innings giving up two earned runs on eight hits.
Castro finished the day 2-4 scoring once and driving in another. Lamar was also 2-4, while Washington was 1-2 with a run batted in.
Whittier wraps up their non-conference schedule this weekend as they travel to Oregon to take on George Fox University in a three game series. A solo game on Friday, March 31 (3:00pm) and a doubleheader on Saturday, April 1 with game times set for 12:00pm and 2:00pm.