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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team earned a split Sunday with Drew University holding on for the 6-4 win in game one before falling 6-1 in game two action.
Whittier was able to get in the doubleheader despite wet conditions. They move to 3-3, 2-1 SCIAC.
Game 1 (W, 6-4)
The Purple & Gold fell behind 1-0 but tied things up in the 3rd with Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) doubling to right center, plating Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR). Drew was able to put up two in the 5th to regain the lead but saw that advantage cut in half as Krska was able to come in to score on a wild pitch after earning a leadoff walk and being moved to third after a Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) double down the left field line.
In the 6th, Whittier put up a four spot using four hits, thanks to Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) doubling down the left field line, and Mulrooney and Dane Goodman (Ross, Calif.) drawing walks that brought in another two. This gave WC a 6-3 lead, which was huge as Drew would bring across one in the 9th, not being enough to complete the comeback.
Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) picked up the win for the Poets, his second on the season after going 6.0 innings strong giving up one earned run on five hits. He also had five strikeouts. Joey Hanley (Chicago, Ill.) grabbed the save throwing the final inning giving up one run with two walks. He now has two on the season.
Tuerffs was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day and Krska was 2-for-3 scoring three times. Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) was 2-for-3 scoring once and Mulrooney and Blansett were each 1-for-3 totaling four RBI's and a run scored.
Game 2 (L, 6-1)
It was a rough game two for the Poets. They picked up an early run in the first with Krska doubling to left center and Mulrooney bringing him in with a sacrifice fly. But this would be the lone run for the game for WC as the Rangers would add three in the 4th and two in the 5th to grab the lopsided win.
Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) was handed the loss after going 4.1 innings giving up two earned runs on six hits. His relievers Austin Correia (San Diego, Calif.) and Justin Kottinger (Stockton, Calif.) threw the final 2.2 innings scoreless.
Goodman was the only Poet with a multi-hit game going 2-for-3. Krska was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Samsing and Blansett were the other two to record hits.