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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team completed the sweep over Rutgers-Newark Sunday at Hugh B. Mendez holding on for the 5-3 victory.
The Purple & Gold keep the winning streak intact at three games and have now won five of their last six improving to 12-9, 4-8 SCIAC. They are also 8-1 during their non-conference schedule.
Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) got the start for the Poets and went 7.0 innings strong. He faced a tough test over the first two innings giving up all three of his runs but settled down after that to sit down the Scarlett-Raiders 1-2-3 three of the next five innings to pick up his fourth win on the season. He also registered seven strikeouts and has now taken back the lead in SCIAC for total punch outs.
After Rutgers-Newark put up one in the top half of the first, Whittier struck with three of their own in the bottom half of the frame all coming on two outs. Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) started off the inning with a triple to deep left center and was followed by a Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) walk. Mulrooney then moved up into scoring position with a stolen base and that led to a Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) double to left center that plated two. But the rally wasn't done there as Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) and Steven Castro (Long Beach, Calif.) would both single that would bring across the third tally.
In the 2nd, Whittier tacked on another run. Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) drilled one to left center that put him on third with a triple and he would come in off the very next at bat when Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) would lay down a bunt single to second. The game sped up after that remaining scoreless until the 5th when Angulo porched one to left for his first of the season. This would move the score to 5-3, which would hold as Justin Ushio (Mililani, HI) would toss the final 2.0 innings scoreless picking up his first save.
Angulo finished 3-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Macey and Samsing were each 2-4 and Castro, Washington, and Tuerffs each recorded hits.
Whittier remains in non-conference play tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20 when they host Vassar beginning at 9:30am.