Baseball can’t complete sweep over Caltech

Baseball can’t complete sweep over Caltech

Photo by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

WHITTIER, Calif. – The Whittier College Baseball team wrapped up a tough series with the California Institute of Technology over the weekend, splitting on Saturday with the Beavers edging them 2-0 in game one before fighting back in game two only to lose 13-12.

The loss against Caltech is the first in program history for the Purple & Gold as they drop to 9-24, 5-13 SCIAC as they sit in 8th place in the SCIAC Standings.    

Game 1 (W, 2-0)

Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) saw the no-win curse broken in the first game as he picked up his first win on the season after yet another strong start.  He threw a complete game shutout giving up just three hits to go with a career high 13 strikeouts. 

The Poets despite only collecting two runs on seven hits were able to come away with the win.  Whittier tallied its first run in the fourth and plated a two-out insurance run in the seventh.  Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) singled in the first run and Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.) brought in another two both coming on singles.

Lamar finished 2-3 with a run batted in.  Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) was 1-4 scoring once and Macey was 1-3 with an RBI.

Game 2 (L, 13-12)

The Poets found themselves in trouble in the second game.  They went ahead 2-0 in the bottom half of the 2nd thanks to Michael Angulo (Sunnyvale, Calif.) hitting a two run shot.  But in the 3rd, the Beavers found their bats bringing across five runs on five hits, while using two costly Poet errors to go in front 5-2.

They tacked on another in the 5th but saw WC add two themselves in the bottom half of the frame with Hank Burditt (Granada Hills, Calif.) doubling to right and Macey driving in Lamar with a sacrifice fly.

Another two errors by the Poet defense in the 6th proved tough as CIT capitalized scoring four runs with just one hit being added.  This moved the score to 10-4 and that wasn't enough for the Beavers as they continued with their offense tacking on three more in the 7th that moved the score to 13-4.  This put the Poets in a huge hole to work out of and they did just that coming back in the 8th to bring across eight runs on seven hits. 

Jake Raynaud (Los Gatos, Calif.) singled to shortstop and was followed by Will Reader (San Francisco, Calif.) walking and Angulo singling to left.  The hits continued with Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) singling to right center and Mulrooney placing one to left that brought in a couple.  After a Lamar walk Burditt grounded out, which plated another and then Macey and Raynaud went double, single that scored another three.  The final run coming across from Angulo who singled up the middle.  This pulled the Poets within one at 13-12 but that's where they would get stopped.  In the 9th, Whittier had a chance against the Caltech closer.  Levine coaxed the leadoff batter into a groundout to second, but allowed the tying run to reach first on a single to right field.  The next batter smacked a comebacker right at Levine, who wheeled around to get the lead runner at second base, but the runner slid into Perry, bringing an abrupt end to the game as both he and the hitter were called out by rule.

Justin Ushio (Mililani, HI) picked up the loss going 2.0 innings giving up five runs on seven hits.  Mulrooney finished the game 3-6 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.  Lamar was 3-5 scoring twice.  Raynaud was 3-4 with three runs scored and two RBI's and Angulo was 3-5 with two runs scored and three runs batted in.    

Whittier opens up a three game series this weekend against Claremont-M-S.  They host the Stags on Friday, April 21 at 3:00pm and then travel for a doubleheader the next day, Saturday, April 22.