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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team returned to Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) play Friday with a single game against Occidental College.
The Purple & Gold were held scoreless for the first time this season being held to just three hits against Tiger ace Nolan McCarthy as they fell 10-0 at Hugh B. Mendez Stadium.
Whittier drops now to 3-5, 2-2 SCIAC, while Occidental improves to 10-2, 1-0 SCIAC.
It was a rough start for Poet ace Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) who had his toughest outing this season going 5.0 innings giving up six runs (three earned) on eight hits, while walking two. He was charged with the loss and drops to 2-2.
Tiger ace, McCarthy threw lights out and went a complete game with nine strikeouts, while improving to 3-0.
The three hits for the Poets came from Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.), Alexander Jelloian (Chatsworth, Calif.), and Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.). Whittier saw their first seven batters retired by McCarthy to start off the game. Oxy on the other side was able to put up six runs over the first four innings. They then tacked on a run in the 6th and 7th before adding two insurance runs in the 9th.
Whittier's best chance to get a run across came in the 4th. Mulrooney doubled to left center and was followed by a Jacob Bauer (Pleasanton, Calif.) walk. But after that McCarthy settled down striking out Kellen Ward (Montgomery, AL), forcing John Vuz (Blairstown, NJ) into a fly out and getting Jelloian to hit into a fielders choice.
Whittier wraps up the series with Occidental tomorrow, Saturday, March 9 on the road with a doubleheader at 11:00am and 2:30pm.