CMS’ walk off sends Stags to doubleheader sweep over Poet
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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Whittier College baseball team suffered two heartbreaking losses this afternoon 4-1 and 3-2 to the hands of the Stags of Claremont-M-S due to a walk off three run homer that pushed the Stags to the doubleheader sweep.
Whittier now drops to 9-10, 5-7 SCIAC, while Claremont-M-S improves to 11-9, 7-5 SCIAC. This coming a day after Whittier put up seven runs in game one of the three game series.
Game 1 (L, 4-1)
Game one turned out to be one of the best defensive performances for Whittier College all season behind a strong pitching performance from Taylor Fallon who went 7.0 scoreless innings giving up nine hits to go with nine strikeouts.
Michael Olmstead came into the game in relief of Fallon and went 1.1 innings and gave up three runs on two hits, while Andrew Pigott came in to pitch .1 innings giving up a run on one hit including a walk off three run homer in the bottom of the ninth from Rehhaut that gave the Poets the victory 4-1.
Whittier and CMS remained scoreless all game long until the Stags scored first in the eighth. But Whittier answered right back in the top half of the ninth as Austin Straus scored on a passed ball that tied up the game at 1-1. But this would be all the offense the Poets would manage despite a 4-4 effort from Andrew Vallejo.
Game 2 (L, 3-2)
In the second game the outcome remained constant as the game ended in a pitcher's duel as Whittier's Curtis Martin went 4.0 innings giving up one run on five hits to go with three strikeouts. His counterpart from CMS Michael Erb went 6.1 innings and gave up two runs on five hits to go with five strikeouts.
Casey Serna came in relief and was charged with the loss dropping his record to 0-1 on the season as he went 3.1 innings giving up two runs on three hits.
Claremont-M-S again jumped out in front 1-0 after the second inning and then extended their lead to 2-0 after the fifth but saw Whittier tie the game up at 2-2 in the sixth behind a Nick Amicone single that drove in Vallejo and Pete Mitchell.
With the game all knotted up at 2-2, CMS tacked on the go ahead and the eventual game winner in the eighth after Green doubled in Suttle. Then in the ninth Whittier was shut down in order failing to get a runner in scoring position and that was all he wrote as the Stags held on for the one run victory.
Whittier was again led by Vallejo who finished 2-4 with a run, while Amicone finished 1-4 with two RBI's.
The Poets return to action as they host non conference opponent Ithaca on Tuesday, March 13 beginning at 2:30pm before hosting the California Invitational that occurs on March 17 and 18 with teams including Kean, Rutgers-Newark, Berry, and Eastern Conn. St.