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REDLANDS, Calif. – A day after picking up a huge win at home against the Uni. of Redlands, the Whittier College Baseball team traveled to complete the three-game series on Saturday but came away 0-2 against the Bulldogs.
Game 1 (L, 11-3)
The Purple & Gold had their ace on the mound in game one Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) who was coming in with a 2-0 record and 17 strikeouts. But the third outing for him was tough as he went 6.0 innings giving up seven runs on seven hits, but did however pick up 10 strikeouts.
Redlands jumped out in front 3-0 in the 2nd Inning. Whittier muscled their way back to tie things up in the 4th with three of their own as Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) doubled down the left field line. This would plate Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Brandon Mulrooney and Steven Castro (Long Beach, Calif.) then capped off the inning with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.).
But in the 6th and 7th and 8th the wheels fell off for the Poets as UR would put up eight runs across the three-inning span, which put the game out of reach.
Samsing finished 1-4 with two RBI's. Angulo was 1-4 scoring once and Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) was 1-4.
Game 2 (L, 9-6)
Whittier bounced back in game two and had an opportunity to pull off the split on the day but the final two innings went the way of the Bulldogs as WC would fall 9-6.
The game was back and forth with each team adding a run over the first two innings. Whittier got theirs in the 2nd from Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) who singled through the left side, which plated Samsing. In the 3rd the Poets took a two run lead capitalizing on an error by the catcher, which allowed Macey to score Angulo then stepped in and drove a deep ball to right that allowed Mulrooney to tag up.
UR used the long ball over the next two innings to go back on top. Gardiner used a solo shot in the 3rd to cut the deficit to one and Bridges then stepped in, in the 4th blasting a three-run homerun to left center that moved the score to 5-3.
Whittier capitalized on another UR mistake in the 6th as Angulo would come in on a wild pitch. Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) then stepped in and singled through the right side that brought in another that deadlocked the game. In the 7th, the Bulldogs continued to swing their bats as Ono and Kabeary would combine for a single and double that scored three, making the score 7-5.
A solo run came in the 8th for Whittier as Lamar would double to right center that scored Tuerffs making the game a one-run contest. But that was the final offense generated as Redlands would add insurance in the bottom half of the frame before retiring three of the final four batters for the Poets in the 9th.
Angulo was a perfect 4-4 on the game with a run scored and an RBI. Tuerffs was 3-4 scoring once and driving in two and Lamar was 2-5 with two RBI's.
Jack Silva (Katy, TX) got the start and earned the no decision going 3.2 innings surrendering five runs on four hits. Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) threw the next 2.2 innings giving up just a run on two hits, but walked three. Then Justin Kottinger (Stockton, Calif.) stepped on the mound lasting .2 innings giving up three runs on two hits, which handed him the loss.
Whittier returns to the diamond next weekend when they open a three-game series with Pomona-Pitzer. Friday, March 2 they are away at Pomona-Pitzer beginning at 2:30pm. Then Saturday, March 3 they return home for a doubleheader against the Sagehens with first pitches slated for 11:00am and 2:30pm.