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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team won their second straight game Tuesday afternoon beating Cal Lutheran University on a walk-off 4-3 at Hugh B. Mendez Stadium.
The Purple & Gold have now played three straight games decided by one-run. They improve to 13-14, 4-8 SCIAC.
Whittier struck quickly in the bottom half of the 1st capitalizing on a throwing error by the shortstop. This allowed Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) to reach, move up to second on a SAC bunt from Kick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) and then come in following a Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) single down the left field line.
CLU was held scoreless over the first three innings before getting three runs in the 4th and 5th to take their first lead. They picked up all three runs coming on two outs. Blandino collected a base hit to right center that scored one and then in the 5th, Yamashiro tripled to left center that plated Wright.
These would be the only runs gathered by the Kingsmen though as the Whittier pitching staff would shut them down over the next four innings. The Poets got within one in the 6th. Samsing got things started with a double to left field and then moved up to third following a single by Blansett through the left side. He then came in after a Dane Goodman (Ross, Calif.) double to left center.
CLU maintained the 3-2 advantage until the 9th when the Poets rallied for two runs on three hits, while using a Kingsmen error. With one out, Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) got the comeback started with a single to second base and then moved up into scoring position following an error by the shortstop that allowed Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) to reach. Samsing then grounded out into a fielder's choice putting two outs on the board and runners on the corners. Following a wild pitch that allowed the game-tying run to come in, Krska then singled up the middle. Krska then stole second putting two runners in scoring position and after that Blansett came up clutch with a single to left center that allowed the game-winning run to come in.
Whittier got a strong start from James Beaudin (Seattle, WA) who threw 4.2 innings giving up three runs on five hits. He also added five strikeouts in the no decision. He gave way to Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) who threw the final 4.1 innings scoreless, while surrendering just four hits en route to picking up his second win on the season.
Blansett finished 4-for-5 with two RBI's. Samsing was 1-for-3 scoring three times and Mulrooney and Tuerffs each collected a pair of hits.
Whittier returns to the diamond this weekend, Friday and Saturday, April 12-13 when they open up a three game series with Pomona-Pitzer. They travel for a single game on Friday before hosting the Sagehens for a doubleheader on Saturday.