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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team picked up their second sweep over a Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) opponent this weekend taking two of three from Pomona-Pitzer.
This was a must take series for the Purple & Gold in order to stay within SCIAC Post Season contention. They move back to .500 at 15-15, 6-9 SCIAC. They have also won four of their last five and currently sit 7th in the SCIAC Standings.
Game 1 (W, 5-3)
Whittier opened up the series on the road coming away with a huge start from freshman Andrew Chavez (West Covina, Calif.) who went 6.0 innings strong giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits along with three strikeouts. He left with the no decision giving way to Alex Escobar (Brea, Calif.) and Justin Kottinger (Stockton, Calif.) who threw the final 2.3 innings scoreless, while giving up just one hit. Kottinger collected the win, while totaling four strikeouts.
Each team was able to put one run on the scoreboard by way of an error early on. Whittier got out to a 1-0 lead after a failed pickoff attempt ended up bringing in Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) for the first run of the game. But the Sagehens tied the contest after that on an error by the Poets' center fielder, which brought home Stone to tie the game at 1-1.
Both teams scored again in the 3rd. Whittier capitalized on another two PP miscues with Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) reaching on an error by the third baseman and then moving up into scoring position following a Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) pop-up on the infield, which the Sagehens pitcher threw away. Tuerffs was then balked over to third and Samsing drove him in with a groundout.
Freshman Dane Goodman (Ross, Calif.) put the Poets back on top in the 4th with a solo shot to dead center. But again the Sagehens were able to counter with another game tying run in the 6th using a throwing error by the second baseman. Then in the 8th the Purple & Gold pulled away with two runs on three hits. Tanner Barnes (Littleton, CO) started things off with a single on the infield before getting moved up thanks to a Tuerffs sacrifice bunt. Mulrooney then doubled to right center that scored one before coming in himself with a two out base knock from Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR).
Krska finished 2-for-4 with an RBI. Goodman was 1-for-4 scoring once and driving in another and Barnes was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
Game 2 (L, 7-3)
Pomona-Pitzer traveled to Whittier for a doubleheader Saturday splitting with the Poets. In game one Whittier struck first in the 2nd collecting three hits and using a strikeout wild pitch and an error by the left fielder to go on top 1-0.
The Sagehens then went on top 2-1 in the 3rd using two Poet errors and a Damelio single to left. The next three innings were scoreless until the 7th when PP added to their lead with a two-spot. Whittier cut the deficit in half in the 7th with Tuerffs singling to center followed by a Mulrooney double to right center and a Samsing groundout to the shortstop. But this comeback fell short as PP would put up three in the 8th on three hits that put the game out of reach.
In the 9th, the Poets attempted a rally with Samsing drawing a walk, Krska reaching on an error by the second baseman and Justin Ryan (Riverside, Calif.) singling to right, which loaded the bases. But they could only bring in one as Goodman would single to left before a Jacob Bauer (Pleasanton, Calif.) 5-4-3 double play would end the inning.
Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) was charged with the loss giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits. Mulrooney finished 2-for-5 on the day and was joined by Goodman who was 1-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and a walk.
Game 3 (W, 6-3)
It was a tight third game with five runs coming in across the opening two frames. Both teams scored two runs in the 1st. PP got theirs on a two-run shot from Jess and Whittier earned their two runs with Mulrooney getting hit by a pitch, Samsing doubling down the left field line, and groundouts by Krska and Blansett that brought in a pair.
The Sagehens went back on top 3-2 in the 2nd this time using a sacrifice fly but this lead wouldn't hold as the Purple & Gold would tie things up at 3-3 in the 4th with Bauer singling in Krska before bringing across three in the 6th on a bases clearing triple by Goodman.
Austin Correia (San Diego, Calif.) got the start and went 5.0 innings giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits. He left with the no decision. Dante Mancia (La Mirada, Calif.) came in relief and collected the win throwing the final 4.0 innings scoreless, while giving up four hits. He improves to 3-3.
Goodman was 2-for-4 on the day with three RBI's. Bauer was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Samsing and Krska were each 1-for-3 both scoring twice.
Whittier returns to the diamond today, Sunday, April 14 when they host Linfield College for their final non-conference match-up beginning at 11:00am.