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REDLANDS, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team opened up Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play Friday afternoon, pulling off a solid 7-3 road win over the University of Redlands.
The Purple & Gold came into the game with only one contest under their belt, a 4-2 loss to Willamette compared to Redlands who had played 10.
Whittier never trailed on the afternoon grabbing an early 1-0 lead before stretching it to 3-0. UR managed to tie things up midway through but over the final three frames the Poets were able to pull away with four runs that secured the win.
Freshman Jacob Bauer (Pleasanton, Calif.) drove in the first run in the top half of the first doubling down the left field line driving in Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR), who reached earlier behind a double to dead center. In the third WC tacked on another two capitalizing on a throwing error by the shortstop, while Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) picked up his first hit to center, driving in Krska.
The Bulldogs got one back in the bottom half of the inning behind a base knock and then tied things up the very next frame, using two hit by pitches. But that's as close as they would get as Whittier would bring in the eventual game-winning run in the 7th off the bat of Mulrooney who singled to right, again bringing in Krska.
In the 9th, WC tacked on insurance combining for three runs on two hits, while using an error to pull away. Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) started off the inning with a double down the left field line. Three batters later with runners on the corners and one out, Krska singled to left center that brought in one. Krska then moved up into scoring position with a stolen base and then Mulrooney drove in another with a groundout to short. The final run came after that with Bauer reaching first on a throwing error by the third baseman, allowing Krska to come in.
Krska was 4-5 at the plate, scoring four times and driving in a couple. Mulrooney was 2-4 with three RBI's and John Vuz (Blairstown, NJ) was 2-4. Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) got the start and went 8.0 innings strong giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out five. He is now 1-1.
Whittier completes the three game series tomorrow, Saturday, February 23 when they host the Bulldogs for a doubleheader. First pitches slated for 11:00am and 2:30pm.