Whittier Completes Series Sweep Of Sagehens

Whittier Completes Series Sweep Of Sagehens

Claremont, Calif. - The Whittier Baseball team won a 15-9 slugfest in the opener and rode the shutout pitching of Justin Cheatham for a 9-0 win in the nightcap as it took a doubleheader from Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday at Alumni Field.

With the sweep, Whittier moves to 9-5 overall and a perfect 9-0 in the SCIAC, including three wins over the Sagehens this weekend, who fall to 5-12 overall and 4-8 in the SCIAC.

Junior third baseman E.J. Lopez was 2-for-4 with three RBI in the opening game (RBI single pictured).  Senior left fielder Coleman Lukas was 3-for-5 with two RBI, and junior designated hitter Jake Bruml was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Corey Jensen and Justin Barzilli each had four RBI for Whittier.

The Sagehens were down 13-1 at one point, but got back to within 13-8 with the bases loaded in the seventh. Tanner Nishioka hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, his fourth round-tripper of the year, to start the rally, and Lopez followed with an RBI single. Lopez added an RBI single in the seventh, followed by a Bruml RBI double and a Lukas two-run single, but the Sagehens left the bases loaded with one out and couldn't close the gap closer than 13-8.

In the nightcap, Justin Barzilli hit a two-run homer in the first and Stephen Zavala had a two-run double in the third to jump start the Poets on their way to a 9-0 win. Cheatham scattered eight hits and struck out four to get the shutout and improve to 3-0 on the year. Senior catcher Jackson Badger was 2-for-3 and senior second baseman Travis Bowers was 2-for-4 for the Sagehens.

Pomona-Pitzer is back in action on Monday for a non-league game against Ithaca, beginning at 3 p.m.