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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The first game of the three-game series between Pomona-Pitzer and the Whittier College Baseball team was a good one as both teams battled the elements Saturday afternoon.
The single game, which was supposed to be played yesterday was moved to today due to inclement weather and it proved to be a good one. The Poets held an early 5-0 lead but let the Sagehens back into the contest. They trailed late before tying things up in the 6th but let the win slip away in the 8th.
The Purple & Gold have now lost three in a row as they drop to 7-6, 2-3 SCIAC.
They jumped all over Sagehen starter Jeremy Jess tagging him for five runs in the 2nd Inning coming on four hits with four of the runs coming on two outs. Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) got the game going with a double to right field and then scored off a Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) single to center. Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) then walked putting runners on first and second but was followed by a pop-out and a strikeout. But the two out hole didn't deter WC as Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) kept the rally going by getting hit by a pitch, which plated another. Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) then walked bringing across another run and Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) singled to right that brought in another two.
But Whittier soon saw their lead evaporate as PP would strike with four of their own in the bottom half of the inning behind a double to center from Knapp and a single by McCaffert that cut the deficit to one.
The Poets were able to add another two in the 3rd. After two quick outs Addison Mock (San Jose, Calif.) was able to spark a rally doubling to right field. Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) then followed with a single to right before a double steal would bring across Mock. Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) would then step in and answer with a double to center that score another and that moved the score to 7-4.
PP got two back in the bottom half of the 4th as Knapp would go yard with a two-run blast. Then in the 5th, the Sagehens would take their first lead putting up another two runs coming off singles from Skerrett and Phillips.
Trailing 8-7, Whittier scrapped for the game-tying run in the 6th. Washington reached on an error by the second baseman and then advanced to second and then third following a throwing error by the pitcher on a botched pick-off attempt. Tuerffs then grounded out driving in Washington and that deadlocked the game.
But in the 8th, Pomona-Pitzer was able to rally with two outs as Patterson would draw a bases loaded walk that brought in the eventual game winning run.
Macey picked up the loss going 1.0 inning giving up a run on a hit, while walking four. Washington finished going 2-4 scoring twice and driving in another. Macey was 2-5 with two RBI's and Tuerffs was 1-4 with a run scored and two runs batted in.
Whittier wraps up the series tomorrow, Sunday, March 4 when they host the Sagehens for a doubleheader. First pitches slated for 11am and 2:30pm.