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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team saw their offense stall Sunday during a doubleheader with Pomona-Pitzer combining for two runs over the two games as they fell 3-1 and 10-1.
The Purple & Gold see their losing skid move to five games as they drop to 7-8, 2-7 SCIAC.
Game 1 (L, 3-1)
In game one the Poets had their southpaw on the mound in Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.). Whittier gave him an early run and he held it through 6.2 innings until he gave up a run, which sent him out with the no decision. He also added six strikeouts bringing his season total to 33.
The Poets got on the scoreboard quickly in the bottom half of the first. Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) doubled to left center with two outs and Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) drove him in with a single up the middle. This lead would hold until the 7th when the Sagehens scrapped for a run with two outs. Patterson and Knapp walked that put runners on first and second and Quezada would then single to left that drove in the game-tying run.
In the 8th, Pomona-Pitzer went on top with Hennigh singling to right and Skerrett bringing him in with a double to center. Then in the 9th they would add insurance as Quezada would add a sacrifice fly to left that was deep enough to score Knapp who reached on a single and moved up into scoring position on a wild pitch and an error by the second baseman.
The loss was charged to Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) who went 0.2 innings giving up the go-ahead run. On offense Macey finished 3-4 with a run scored, while Mulrooney, Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.), and John Vuz (Blairstown, NJ) each recorded base knocks.
Game 2 (L, 10-1)
In the second game of the doubleheader runs were hard to come by, while WC found themselves in an early hole after giving up five runs in the 3rd. They managed to get one back in the bottom half of the 3rd with Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) driving in Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) on a groundout. But that would be the lone run scored by the Purple & Gold the rest of the afternoon as the Sagehens would go Tyler Yoshinara and Peyton Holm over the nine innings.
PP tacked on three runs in the 6th and then insurance in the 9th with another two that put the game out of reach. The loss went to Jack Silva (Katy, TX) who lasted 3.1 innings giving up five runs on five hits, while walking six. Blansett finished 2-3 scoring once and Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ), Tuerffs, Charlie Mayfield (Charlie Mayfield), Justin Ryan (Riverside, Calif.), and Lamar would each record hits.
Whittier returns to non-conference action tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6 as they welcome in Ursinus College with game time set for 2:30pm.