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WHITTIER, Calif. – Junior lefty Alex Baez (Chino Hills, Calif.) shut down the Chapman University offense Friday afternoon at Hugh B. Mendez Stadium as the Whittier College Baseball team held on for the 2-1 victory.
The win is the second in a row for the Purple & Gold as they improve to 9-8, 3-7 SCIAC, while Chapman drops to 8-6, 2-5 SCIAC.
Baez threw a complete game gem giving up a run on six hits with six strikeouts as he picked up his third win on the season. His counterpart from Chapman, Matt Mogollon also threw a complete game but suffered the loss giving up two runs on six hits, which included the nail in the coffin from Brandon Mulrooney (Placentia, Calif.) who drove a deep solo shot to dead center in the 4th that proved the game-winner.
Chapman grabbed an early lead in the 2nd picking up a couple hits as Larkin would single in Mendonca. But that lead was lost the very next inning. Steven Castro (Long Beach, Calif.) led off the 3rd with a single up the middle and moved over to second following a sacrifice bunt from Andrew Lamar (Alta Loma, Calif.). After a flyout from Nick Krska (Happy Valley, OR) that put up two outs on the board, Daniel Tuerffs (Yorba Linda, Calif.) singled to right center but it wouldn't be deep enough to score the runner keeping both Poets on the corners. But the very next batter Dmitri Washington (Peoria, AZ) would come up clutch as he would single to right that brought in Castro deadlocking the game.
Baez had to dig deep in the 4th giving up back to back singles to Blodgett and Kevitch putting the go ahead run in scoring position but he was able to settle down striking out Larkin and Willits to end the threat.
Whittier answered in the bottom half of the frame bringing across the eventual game-winner. Matthew Macey (Oceanside, Calif.) started off the inning getting hit by a pitch but was taken off the base paths getting picked off. But junior outfielder Mulrooney was able to pick him up taking a Mogollon fastball to deep center that put WC on top for good.
Washington finished 1-2 with an RBI and two walks. Mulrooney was 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI and Castro was 1-2 scoring once.
Whittier looks to keep the streak going as they travel down to Orange, Calif. to take on Chapman University in a doubleheader with game times set for 11:00am and 2:00pm.