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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team ended their non-conference schedule Sunday in a lopsided 14-5 victory over Linfield College.
The Purple & Gold remain red-hot winning five of their last six, while improving to 16-15, 6-9 SCIAC.
The Wildcats raced to an early 3-0 lead after 2 ½ innings. But in the bottom half of the 3rd, Whittier found their offense bringing across five runs on four hits. With two outs and runners on first and second, Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) doubled down the left field line scoring two and was followed by Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.) getting hit by a pitch, Dane Goodman (Ross, Calif.) singling through the left side and Jacob Bauer (Pleasanton, Calif.) doubling to left center.
This gave WC a lead they wouldn't relinquish as they added a pair in the 4th this time with River Danner (Seal Beach, Calif.) drawing a walk, Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) doubling down the left field line, Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) adding a sacrifice fly and Krska again doubling down the left field line. This moved the score to 7-3 and the Poets continued to pour it on. They added another four in the 5th coming on four hits, highlighted by a Bauer double down the left field line and a Tuerffs triple to left center.
Then in the 8th, WC put the insurance on with another three with Krska tripling to left center, Blansett singling through the left side and Tanner Barnes (Littleton, CO) and William Chamberlain (San Diego, Calif.) drawing bases loaded walks that brought in two.
James Beaudin (Seattle, WA) got the start and went 5.0 innings giving up three runs on seven hits en route to picking up his first win this season. Justin Kottinger (Stockton, Calif.) came in relief and threw the final 4.0 innings picking up his second save, while giving up two runs on five hits. He also struck out five.
Krska had the game of his career going 4-for-5 scoring twice and driving in four. Bauer added a 3-for-4 effort with a run scored and two runs batted in and Tuerffs finished 1-for-5 with a run and three RBI's.
Whittier returns to the diamond this weekend, Friday, and Saturday when they take on Caltech in a three-game series. They host the Beavers on Friday, April 19 at 3:00pm before traveling to Pasadena for a doubleheader.