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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team saw their 2019 season come to a close Saturday following a pair of losses to California Lutheran University 5-3 and 7-0.
After a stellar performance from Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) Friday afternoon where he threw 6.0 Innings of shutout baseball despite having a pair of ligaments torn in his elbow, the Purple & Gold couldn't carry the momentum into Saturday. They finish at 20-20, 10-14 SCIAC and 6th in the final Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Standings.
Game 1 (L, 5-3)
Whittier attempted to take the series following a tight Game 1. After giving up five runs in the opening frame the Poets made a strong comeback push but fell short. Tim Turpen (Chino Hills, Calif.) had a rough start giving up those five runs on seven hits to start the game off but then settled down after that shutting the Kingsmen offense down over the next 5.1 Innings.
Trailing 5-0, Whittier put up three runs in the 3rd thanks to freshman Dane Goodman (Ross, Calif.) who connected for a two out double. That cleared the bases scoring Mason Blansett (Lodi, Calif.), Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR), and Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) moving the deficit to two. They looked like they might add another in the 7th with Jarryd Samsing (Buckeye, AZ) singling up the middle and then moving up into scoring position due to an errant throw by the second baseman, but he would get stranded as Mulrooney would flyout.
Goodman led the offense going 2-for-4 with three RBI's. Mulrooney and Krska were each 1-for-4 scoring once.
Game 2 (L, 7-0)
The offense failed to generate any runs in Game 2 as Whittier was blanked 7-0. CLU added their first two runs in the 2nd and then went 1-2-2 over the 4th, 5th, and 6th that put the game out of reach.
Whittier collected just seven hits on the afternoon with Krska finishing 3-for-4. Goodman and Alexander Jelloian (Chatsworth, Calif.) were each 1-for-3 and Blansett was 1-for-2.
Freshman Austin Correia (San Diego, Calif.) got the start and went 4.1 Innings giving up five runs on seven hits. He was charged with the loss dropping to 2-3.