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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team got back onto track Tuesday afternoon at Hugh B. Mendez Stadium as they held off Ursinus College 7-5, snapping a five game losing skid.
The Purple & gold move their non-conference record to 6-1 and are now 8-8, 2-7 SCIAC.
Whittier got on top in their opening at-bats bringing a run across. Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) got things started with a single to right center and then moved all the way to third after a perfectly executed hit and run called by Head Coach Mike Rizzo as Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) sent a single past a diving shortstop. After an attempted steal by Washington, Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) stepped in and drove a deep fly ball to right that scored Tuerffs.
Ursinus had a big inning in the top half of the third bringing across three runs on three hits and capitalized on an error by the Poets. But that didn't deter WC as they would come back with three of their own in the fourth that gave them back the lead at 4-3. Macey started things off with a double to center and was followed by a Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) walk and a Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) single to the shortstop that loaded the bases.
Back-to-back pop-ups by the Poets would put them in a hole but Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) and Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) would come up clutch with a double down the left field line and a single to left center that scored three.
The Bears added another two in the fifth again capitalizing on a Poet error. But that lead wouldn't hold as Whittier would secure the win bringing across three runs in the seventh using two Ursinus errors that pushed them on top for good.
Royce Komesu (Kailua, HI) picked up the win in relief going 2.0 innings surrendering just one hit with two strikeouts as he moves to 2-1. James Beaudin (Seattle, WA) grabbed the save going the final 2.0 innings giving up two hits but also struck out two.
Macey finished the day 2-3 with a run scored and two runs batted in. Lamar was 1-3 scoring once and driving in two and Blansett and Krska each added hits and combined for two runs scored and two runs batted in.
Whittier gets back into Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play this weekend as they open a three-game series with Chapman University. They host the Panthers this Friday, March 9 beginning at 2:30pm before traveling to Chapman for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 10.