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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team had to play back to back days this week combining for three games in two days. Their final match-up came against Centenary (LA) Monday where they fell 11-5.
The Purple & Gold moved the game up a day in order to miss the rain but that caused them to miss out on having four starters in the lineup due to class conflicts.
Whittier has now dropped three of their last four and move to 3-4, 2-1 SCIAC.
The Gents had the offense going early putting up seven runs over the first two innings. Whittier was able to get two runs early as well with Alexander Jelloian (Chatsworth, Calif.) singling up the middle scoring Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) who reached earlier with a base knock through the left side. Then in the 2nd, freshman Jacob DeLongchamp (Beaumont, Calif.) would go yard with a solo shot.
In the 4th and 5th, Centenary would bring three runs across stretching their lead to 10-2 before the Poets got another one back in the bottom half of the 5th thanks to Anthony Stiriti (Pleasanton, Calif.) driving in Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.).
A pair of runs came across in the 6th for WC using a hit and an error to cut the deficit to six. River Danner (Seal Beach, Calif.) started things off with a double down the left field line and came in eventually on a wild pitch. Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) managed to reach base getting hit by a pitch and he too was able to come around to score off a fielding error by the second baseman.
These would be the final runs scored for either team though over the next three innings as Centenary would roll to the 11-5 victory.
Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) was charged with the loss going just 1.1 innings giving up seven runs (four earned) on three hits. He is 0-1 on the season. Blansett had a game going 4-for-5 at the plate with a run scored. Danner was 2-for-4 scoring once and DeLongchamp and Samsing were each 1-for-5.
Whittier returns to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play this Friday and Saturday, March 8-9. They host Occidental this Friday beginning at 3:00pm before traveling for a doubleheader against the Tigers on Saturday at 11:00am and 2:30pm.