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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team took one of two Saturday in a doubleheader on the road against Chapman University with both games ending in one-run decisions.
Game 1 (L, 4-3)
It was a pitcher's duel in Game 1 with Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) and Tyler Peck going at it. Turpen went 7.0 innings giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits. He was charged with the loss dropping to 2-3. Peck on the other side left with the no decision for the Panthers going 7.2 innings surrendering three runs on four hits, while striking out 14.
Whittier held a 2-1 lead in the 6th and then again at 3-2 in the 8th but couldn't hold on as CU rallied for the comeback win. After two scoreless innings CU struck first in the 3rd capitalizing on a throwing error by the pitcher. But in the 4th and 5th the Poets were able to tack on runs to go on top for the first time. Dane Goodman (Ross, Calif.) drove in Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) for the first run and Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) put down a squeeze bunt in the 5th that allowed Alexander Jelloian (Chatsworth, Calif.) to score. Chapman came back to tie things up in the 6th again using a Poet miscue coming with two outs.
In the 8th, WC regained the lead using a Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) walk and a pair of stolen bases capped off with a single from Goodman. But this one-run advantage wouldn't hold as the Panthers would add two runs on two hits in the bottom half of the frame. Cheli and Cebedo started things off with a single and a double putting two runners in scoring position. A walk and a passed ball allowed one run to come in and a deep sacrifice fly would bring across the go-ahead run.
Whittier had an opportunity in the 9th to force extras with Samsing singling to right center and then moving up into scoring position with a wild pitch. But he was left stranded as Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) would ground out to the second baseman.
Goodman finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI's. Jelloian added a 2-for-4 effort scoring once and Samsing was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Game 2 (W, 3-2)
The second game of the doubleheader also proved to be a pitcher's duel. Freshman Austin Correia (San Diego, Calif.) got the start and went 6.2 innings giving up a pair of runs on six hits, while striking out three. He is now 1-2 on the season. He was relieved by freshman Alex Escobar (Brea, Calif.) who threw the final 2.1 innings not surrendering a run and just one hit. He picks up his first save.
After three scoreless innings Chapman got on top in the 4th with back to back doubles from Cheli and Cebedo. Whittier got that run back in the 5th with three straight singles from Jacob Bauer (Pleasanton, Calif.), Jelloian, and Jacob DeLongchamp (Beaumont, Calif.) but then saw CU retake the lead in the bottom half of the inning with Wong doubling to right center and Littwin singling to right field.
This though would be the last run given up by the Poet pitching staff who threw the final four innings scoreless. In the 7th, WC took the lead for good with two runs on five hits. Jelloian started the inning off with a double to left. Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) then stepped in and singled to the shortstop putting runners on the corners and Mulrooney then came up with a single up the middle that scored one. Samsing kept the inning alive with a single through the right side loading the bases and Krska capitalized with a base hit bringing in the go-ahead run.
Jelloian finished the day 2-for-3 scoring once. Samsing was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks and Krska was 2-for-5. Other notable efforts included Mulrooney going 1-for-5 with an RBI, Bauer going 1-for-4, and Tuerffs going 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Whittier returns to the diamond this afternoon, Tuesday, April 9 when they host Cal Lutheran University beginning at 3:00pm.