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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team kept their winning streak intact at six games Sunday as they came away with the sweep over Williams College at Hugh B. Mendez Stadium.
The Purple & Gold have been red hot in the month of March and now improve to 15-9, 4-8 SCIAC. They have also posted an impressive 11-1 non-conference record.
Game 1 (W, 2-1)
Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) got the nod on the bump for the Poets in game one and threw his third complete game on the season as he went 7.0 innings strong giving up a run on seven hits along with six strikeouts. He improves to 5-1 on the season and now leads SCIAC in strikeouts, wins, and is No. 3 in ERA at 2.06.
Across from him was Kyle Dean for the Ephs and he too went a complete game but picked up the loss giving up two runs on seven hits.
Whittier was behind early as Williams brought across one in the top half of the first. This score remained until the 5th when the Poets were able to tie things up. Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) led off the inning reaching on an error by the shortstop. Daniel Tuerffs (Placentia, Calif.) then sacrificed him over and he then moved to third on a passed ball. Sitting 90 feet away and one out, Washington would then come in and score off the bat of Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) who would single up the middle.
The Poets wasted little time taking their first lead of the game as they returned the very next inning to bring across the go-ahead run. Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) led off the frame with a single to third and moved up to second after a Steven Castro (Long Beach, Calif.) single to left. Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) would then get retired with a fly out to right putting two outs on the board but the very next batter Washington would come up clutch with a single up the middle.
Lamar, Samsing, and Washington each recorded a multi-hit game and combined for two runs scored and two runs batted in.
Game 2 (W, 9-8)
Williams had a big first inning bringing across five runs on five hits, while capitalizing on an error. Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) helped get one back for the Purple & Gold in the bottom half of the inning driving in Tuerffs with a single to right.
Then the chipping away began for Whittier. They brought around four runs in the 3rd thanks to doubles by Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) and Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Samsing chipped in with a single to right center that moved the game into a tie at 5-5.
The Ephs went back on top in the 4th but again it wouldn't hold as WC strung together three runs over the 5th and 6th. Angulo led off the 5th with a double to left and came around following a sacrifice bunt by Samsing and a sacrifice fly from Castro.
Then in the 6th, Whittier produced a couple runs on a key Williams error that put WC back on top 8-6. But like the Ephs, Whittier couldn't hold the lead as Williams would storm back to rally with a two-spot in the top half of the 9th collecting three hits and using an error by the shortstop and a wild pitch to deadlock the game.
But in the bottom half of the 9th, Whittier created fireworks. Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) came in as a pinch hitter and walked. Krska moved him over with a sacrifice bunt before going to third on a wild pitch. After Washington was hit by a pitch, putting runners on the corners, Tuerffs stepped in and laid down a perfectly executed bunt for a single allowing the walk-off win to occur.
Justin Ushio (Mililani, HI) got the win throwing the last inning giving up a run on two hits. He improves to 2-0. Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) had the start and lasted 4.0 innings giving up six runs on nine hits and he left with the no decision.
Angulo finished 2-5 scoring twice and driving in a pair. Tuerffs was 2-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Mulrooney and Krska each registered 2-4 efforts.
Whittier returns tomorrow, Monday, March 26 to host Middlebury beginning at 3:00pm.