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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team remains red hot as they wrapped up their opening weekend with an 11-1 rout of Lewis & Clark at Hugh B. Mendez Stadium.
The Purple & Gold have been putting it together on both sides offensively and defensively as they sit in a tie for 1st place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings.
It was a slow start to the game as Whittier held a 1-0 lead into the 5th with the lone run coming in on a groundout from Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) in the second inning. The Pioneers got something going in the 5th when they scrapped for a run on three hits but that was the closest they got all afternoon because over the final five innings Whittier erupted for 10 runs, which put the game out of reach. They went three and three over the 5th and 6th and then tacked on another four in the 8th.
The big game changer came off the bat from freshman Mike Hernandez (Stockton, Calif.) who sent a shot down the left field line that brought in two with two outs. Then freshman Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) delivered adding another two batters later.
In the 6th it got worse for the Pioneers as Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) opened the flood gates with a three run jack to deep left for his second on the season. Then in the 8th Whittier added insurance combining for four runs on five hits, which included another three run bomb but this time off the bat of Hernandez. Samsing also put up a double to left that put the finishing touches on a big offensive day.
Jack Silva (Katy, TX) picked up the win going 5.0 innings giving up just one run on four hits, to go with three strikeouts. Macey finished 3-5 for the game with a run scored and three runs batted in. Hernandez was 2-4 scoring once and bringing across five runs, a career high and Samsing was 2-5 with two RBI's.
Whittier has this week off and return to the diamond next weekend for a three game series with Occidental College. They travel for a single game on Friday, February 16 before hosting the Tigers for a doubleheader on Saturday, February 17 with game times set for 11am and 2:00pm.