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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team put up seven runs over the final three innings Wednesday afternoon to top the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders at Hugh B. Mendez Stadium.
The Purple & Gold have now won four of their last five and improve to 11-9, 4-8 SCIAC and are now 7-1 in non-conference play.
It was a tied ball game in the middle of the 7th but in the bottom half of the frame the Poets put up a five spot and then added insurance in the 8th to come away with the lopsided win.
Whittier went on top in the first with Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) coming in on a wild pitch. In the 3rd, Rutgers-Newark would tie things up off a double from Boulineau but WC would respond again this time with two in the bottom half of the 4th. Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) started the inning off with a walk and would come all the way around to score after a Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) sacrifice bunt and error by the catcher. This placed Macey on third and he would eventually come in off a groundout from Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.).
In the 7th, Rutgers-Newark tied things up following a leadoff single from D. Magliaro and a double from L. Magliaro. They would both come in off a groundout and a sacrifice fly. The Poets though would again bounce back this time with five runs on six hits in the bottom half. Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) led off the big inning with a bunt single down the third base line. Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) singled down the right field line putting runners on the corners and that led to Tuerffs singling to left. Lamar then stepped in and laid a bunt down to third and it proved effective as he reached with another single, which loaded the bases. After a pitching change, Macey stepped in and doubled to dead center that scored two and he was followed by Mulrooney who singled up the middle scoring another. Four batters later, Krska drew a walk which brought in the final run.
Tuerffs and Macey combined for back to back doubles in the 8th and Charlie Mayfield (Placentia, Calif.) would come in clutch with a pinch hit single down the left field line that added another insurance run.
James Beaudin (Seattle, WA) got the start and threw 5.0 strong innings giving up a run on a hit and received the no decision. Royce Komesu (Kailua, HI) came in relief and threw the final 4.0 innings and surrendered two runs on three hits and struck out five as he picked up his third win on the season.
Macey finished 2-4 with three runs batted in and three runs scored. Tuerffs was 2-4 scoring three times and driving in another to go with a walk. Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) was 2-5 and Krska was 1-3 with a run scored, an RBI and a walk.
Whittier remains in non-conference play this Sunday, March 18 when they host Rutgers-Newark for the second time. First pitch is set for 12:00pm.