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NEWBERG, Ore. – The Whittier College Baseball team opened up their Spring Break trip to the Pacific Northwest Wednesday falling 7-5 to George Fox University.
Whittier fell behind early as GFU managed to scratch a run across in the bottom half of the 4th. The Poets were able to tie things up in the 5th with Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) grounding out to the shortstop, which allowed John Vuz (Blairstown, NJ) to come in to score. But the Bruins were able to respond with a three spot in the bottom half of the frame with a pair of singles, a triple and a sacrifice fly.
GFU extended their lead with a pair of runs in the 6th moving the score to 6-1, but this advantage wouldn't hold as the Purple & Gold would get four runs over the next two innings to get within one at 6-5. Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) drove in Dane Goodman (Ross, Calif.) with a sacrifice fly in the 7th and in the 8th, Whittier strung together three runs on two hits. Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) led off the big inning with a walk and moved up to second after Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up 90 feet following a wild pitch and Jacob Bauer (Pleasanton, Calif.) would drive in both with a single. The inning kept going though with Bauer moving up two bases on a wild pitch and then coming in off the bat of Vuz who singled to left field.
Trailing by two in the 9th, the Poets rallied getting two runners on behind a Tuerffs single up the middle and Krska drawing a walk. But this rally would end with Blansett striking out and Bauer popping out to the first baseman.
Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) got the start and went 4.0 innings giving up a run on five hits. He picked up the loss dropping to 1-3. Bauer finished 1-for-5 with a run scored and two runs batted in. Vuz was 1-for-3 scoring once and driving in another and Mulrooney and Tuerffs each added an RBI and a base hit.
Whittier returns to the diamond today, Thursday, March 21 when they take on the Bearcats of Willamette University beginning at 3:00pm.