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ORANGE, Calif. – In one of the rarest things you'll see in a baseball game, the Whittier College Baseball team pulled off a 2-0 victory over Chapman University Wednesday afternoon without recording a hit.
The Purple & Gold were held hitless through nine innings on the road as they took on Chapman in a solo game, which was a make-up from this past Saturday's game two of a doubleheader. With the win the Poets take their first series on the year, while improving to 10-9, 4-8 SCIAC. They have also won three of their last four.
Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) got the start for the Poets and picked up the win going 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball, while giving up five hits to go with five strikeouts. He then received support from the Bullpen as Justin Kottinger (Stockton, Calif.), Justin Ushio (Mililani, HI) and Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) would come in to throw the final 3.2 innings to preserve the shutout. Baez grabbed the save, his first of the season going the last 1.2 innings, striking out one and picking off a runner at first, which was the final out of the game.
Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) drew a walk in the first inning but a double play quickly ended the frame. In the fourth, Chapman starter Tyler Peck and Lamar battled for 16 pitches before Lamar drew another walk on the 17th. He was stranded on first after a strikeout and grounder ended the inning.
The Panthers threatened in the bottom half of the seventh. Jarod Penniman walked to start the inning and Aaron Wong doubled to put runners in scoring position with nobody out. Penniman then tagged up on an ensuing fly ball to right but a perfect throw from Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) would beat the runner home for the double play.
Whittier captured the momentum going into the eighth and took advantage of a string of defensive miscues. Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) started the inning off with a walk and was then relieved on the base paths from Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) who came in as a pinch runner. Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) then stepped in and laid down a sacrifice bunt but the catcher lost the handle on the throw putting runners on first and second.
The Poets executed the same sacrifice bunt with the very next batter this time with Steven Castro (Long Beach, Calif.). He too laid the bunt down but this time it was fielded by the pitcher Tyler Peck who threw it down the right field line allowing Blansett to score and putting two more runners in scoring position. Krska then stepped in and during his at-bat a passed ball occurred allowing Samsing to come in moving the score to 2-0. Krska then was hit by a pitch and then stole second putting runners on second and third. But both runners would stall there as Mason Collins would come in and shut down the side with two strikeouts and a pop-out.
Whittier returns to non-conference action today, Wednesday, March 14 when they host Rutgers-Newark beginning at 3:00pm.