Poets win fifth straight; Sweep Caltech for the season
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PASADENA, Calif. – The Whittier College baseball team won their fifth straight game and swept the Beavers of the California Institute of Technology for the season after cruising to the 7-0 win Sunday afternoon.
Whittier now improves to 18-15, 12-11 SCIAC and continue to ride a winning streak which includes a three game sweep of the Tigers of Occidental College, a win over the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer and their ace Rooke-Ley, and now the Beavers of the Caltech.
The last time these two teams met Whittier was on the winning end of 12-0, 13-2 and 16-2 victories but had to play a full nine innings Sunday afternoon to put away the Beavers.
Whittier's Casey Serna started and went 7.0 strong innings giving up three hits to go with six strikeouts and gave way to Mitchell Peterson and Curtis Martin in the 8th and 9th who both pitched scoreless innings. Serna now improves to 2-1.
Caltech's Kearney now drops to 0-7 on the season but went 6.0 innings and gave up a mere two earned runs to go with four strikeouts.
Whittier got on the scoreboard first with a run in the second behind a Pete Mitchell groundout to the pitcher that drove in Austin Straus from third. In the fifth Whittier struck again for two behind a sacrifice fly from Alex Mitchell that drove in Tyler Bogart, while Corey Jensen drove in Andrew Vallejo with a single through the left side.
But the Poets didn't stop there as they tacked on three more runs in the eighth to extend their lead to 6-0. Bogart led off the inning with a single and was then moved over to second by a P. Mitchell poke through the right side. They were then driven in on the ensuing batter when Vallejo drove a triple to left center and Vallejo was then driven in by Stephen Zavala who drove a single up the middle.
In the top half of the ninth Whittier added on one last run behind another sacrifice fly from A. Mitchell that drove in older brother P. Mitchell and that would be all Whittier would need as they held on for the 7-0 victory.
The Poets were led on offense by Vallejo who finished 2-4 with two runs and two RBI's, while Bogart and Josh Genzuk each finished 2-4.
Whittier bounces right back as they complete their third game in as many days as they take to the road to take on the Kingsmen of Cal Lutheran University tomorrow afternoon, April 16 beginning at 3pm.