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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team came away with a sweep Saturday of the Loggers of Puget Sound winning 5-4 and 6-5.
The Purple & Gold held on for the one run victory in game one but needed extras to pull off the come from behind victory in game two. They have now won three in a row and improve to 6-7, 2-4 SCIAC.
Game 1 (W, 5-4)
Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) earned the start and threw strong going 7.0 innings giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out five. He picks up the win and improves to 2-1.
UPS brought one across in the top half of the 1st. But Whittier was able to respond with one of their own in the bottom half of the 2nd behind a triple from Alexander Jelloian (Chatsworth, Calif.) down the right field line followed by a Dane Goodman (Ross, Calif.) single through the right side.
The Loggers retook the lead in the 3rd with a pair of runs but that two-run advantage was short-lived as Whittier would bring across three in the bottom half of the inning coming on five hits and an error. Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) led off the inning with a single up the middle. Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) then put down a sacrifice bunt but due to a throwing error by the pitcher he was able to reach. Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) then stepped in and was able to load the bases with a bunt single right in front of Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) singling through the left side, Jacob Bauer (Pleasanton, Calif.) singling to center and Jelloian doubling down the left field line.
This gave WC a lead they wouldn't relinquish as they tacked on insurance in the 5th, with Jelloian singling through the right side, plating Krska. The Loggers got one back in the 9th to get within one and was threatening with runners on second and third, but freshman Joey Hanley (Chicago, Ill.) was able to get out of it forcing Ultsch to groundout to the first baseman, ending the rally. This gave Hanley his third save on the season.
Jelloian finished 3-for-4 on the game scoring once and driving in a pair. Krska was 2-for-4 with a run scored and Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) was 2-for-4.
Game 2 (W, 6-5; 10 Innings)
It was tough for the Poets to get anything going against Logger starter Davis Miller in game two collecting just two runs across the first six innings. Puget Sound jumped on top 4-0 at the end of the 3rd and then added another in the 4th. In the 6th Whittier finally got on the scoreboard bringing across two runs on three hits, while using an error. Blansett led off the inning with a base hit to left center. After a Bauer flyout, Jelloian doubled to left putting two runners in scoring position. Kellen Ward (Montgomery, AL) then popped out to the third baseman in foul territory putting two outs on the board but that didn't deter the Poets as Blansett came in on a wild pitch followed by Jacob DeLongchamp (Beaumont, Calif.) singling to third base allowing Jelloian to come in.
The Purple & Gold cut the deficit to two in the 8th after a Goodman single to the catcher, which allowed Samsing to score from third, who reached earlier on a double to left field. Then in the 9th, Whittier had their last at bats and rallied despite not collecting a hit.
UPS used two pitchers, Ultsch and Hicks. Krska got plunked to start off the inning and was followed by Blansett drawing a walk. After a wild pitch that moved both runners up 90 feet, Bauer grounded out to the second baseman scoring one. Jelloian then reached on an error by the third baseman and Samsing loaded the bases getting hit by a pitch. River Danner (Seal Beach, Calif.) then stepped in as a pinch hitter and with just one out and he came up clutch reaching on a fielders choice, beating out a double play allowing Blansett to score that tied the game up.
The game then went to extras and there the Poets kept the momentum going. It was a quick top half of the 10th with UPS getting just one man aboard. Then in the bottom half of the inning WC came away with the win. Mulrooney got it started with a walk and then moved up into scoring position following a sacrifice bunt from Tuerffs. Following a Krska flyout to right Mulrooney advanced to third on a wild pitch and then came in to score the game winning run as Blansett singled to left center.
Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) earned his first win of the season throwing the final 1.1 innings. He improves to 1-2. Freshman Austin Correia (San Diego, Calif.) got his third collegiate start and he lasted 3.0 innings giving up four runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
Goodman finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Blansett was 2-for-4, scoring twice and driving in another and Mulrooney was 1-for-4 with a run scored and two walks.
Whittier travels this week for Spring Break, going to the Pacific Northwest. They play single games against George Fox (March 20), Willamette (March 21) before taking on Pacific (OR) for four games across two days (March 22 & March 23).