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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team ended their 2017 regular season in impressive fashion taking the three game series against the University of La Verne by sweeping the doubleheader Saturday, 10-9 and 11-3.
Game 1 (W, 10-9 – 11 Innings)
After a pre-game ceremony where Head Coach Mike Rizzo recognized his six seniors (Tanner Marcoe (Northridge, Calif.), Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.), Hank Burditt (Granada Hills, Calif.), Jacob Sween (Grass valley, Calif.), Ryan Nakamura (Honolulu, HI), and Mike San Angelo (Downey, Calif.)), the Poets battled with the Leopards for 4 ½ hours.
The game went extras as Whittier pounded the ball totaling 16 hits. Raynaud led the offensive onslaught blasting three home runs for the game, which proved the difference. The first coming in the 2nd Inning as a solo shot.
ULV put up four runs in the 3rd to increase their lead to 6-1 but WC would cut that in half in the 4th with Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) doubling to left center scoring Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.), while Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) singled down the right field line.
In the 5th, La Verne added to their lead with another three runs but again Whittier answered with two of their own in the bottom half of the frame this time from Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) who tripled down the right field line, while Macey grounded out on the infield cutting the deficit to four.
In the 6th, Raynaud connected for his second homerun of the game that moved the score to 9-6 before tacking on his third in the 8th, which plated Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR).
The three runs in the 8th would tie the game up at 9-9 forcing extras. Then in the 11th, the Poets' Charlie Mayfield (Placentia, Calif.) would come up clutch singling to left that scored Macey in walk-off fashion.
Raynaud finished 4-6 scoring three times and driving in four. Lamar was 2-5 with a run scored and two runs batted in, while Mulrooney and Angulo each picked up two hits.
Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) picked up the win as the last pitcher to come in the game going 1.1 innings scoreless.
Game 2 (W, 11-3)
In the second game, Whittier was outhit 13-11 but managed to execute with runners in scoring position. Spencer VanDerStarren (Mississauga, Canada) put Whittier on top with a groundout on the infield, which was deep enough to score Burditt.
But ULV managed to tie things up the very next inning capitalizing on a wild pitch.
Burditt would launch one over the right field fence for a solo shot in the 4th, his first of the season as WC went back on top 2-1 and would then stretch that lead to five as they would bring across four runs on three hits in the 5th. Macey doubled, which scored a couple and was followed by a Burditt double to left, who eventually came around to score on an error by the catcher.
La Verne got one back in the 6th on a fielders choice but that's as close as they would get as the Purple & Gold would add five runs over the 7th and 8th that secured the win. In the 7th, Raynaud singled to the shortstop that plated Macey. The very next inning, Mulrooney singled in Sween, Macey reached on a fielders choice, Burditt singled up the middle and Raynaud singled to right, which put the game out of reach.
Burditt finished 4-4 for the game with three runs scored and three runs batted in. Macey was 1-5 with three runs scored and a couple RBI's, while Lamar and Raynaud each picked up two hits.
Jack Silva (Katy, TX) picked up his fifth win on the season in his first start on the season going 6.1 innings giving up two runs on 11 hits.