Stags Take Two Of Three From Whittier
Game 1- Stags 12 - Whittier 2
The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps baseball team beat Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Whittier, 12-2, on Friday afternoon at Memorial Field (Whittier) in Game 1 of a three-game series between the two programs
Claremont's Max Rose (JR, San Luis Obispo, CA) led the Stags as he went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, six RBI and a homerun. All but one of CMS' starters had at least one hit on the afternoon.
The Stags started the scoring early, jumping on Whittier starting pitcher Justin Armijo for two runs in the first. Ryan Kaup (SO. Glendale, AZ) joined Rose to complete back-to-back RBI singles.
CMS put two more on the board of Armijo in the top of the third as Andrew Blomberg (SR, Honolulu, HI) grounded a two out single up the middle and Rose hit a towering homerun to right to bring them both around.
With a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth, the Poets managed to cut the Stags lead in half. The inning was prolonged by a throwing error which allowed John Fugazi to belt a two-run homerun to left.
The Stags opened up the game from that point as they scored eight runs over the next three innings which included a five-run sixth. CMS had doubles from Travis Nishioka (JR, Honolulu, HI), Ryan Kaup, and Jason Rehaut (FR, Santa Clarita, CA).
CMS' Jeff Postetter (FR, Kenmore, WA [pictured]) earned the win. He went 7.0 innings, gave up six hits and struck out five. He was relieved by Zach "JZ" England (SR, Millbrae, CA) who put up 2.0 scoreless innings and struck out three.
Game 2 Whittier 5 - Stags 4
Game 2 of the three game set between CMS and Whittier got underway on Saturday to great weather. In a pitching duel between Max Rose and the Poets' Freshman starter Ryan Schwenn, the Stags fell 5-4.
The Poets jumped out to an early lead on a sacrifice fly in the second inning. However, the Stags fought back hard for three runs in the same inning. Andrew Blomberg and Max Rose lead off the inning with back to back singles and were driven in by Matt Rothlisberger (SO, Friday Harbor, WA) and Ryan Kaup.
Rose pitched into the 6th inning, and after a leadoff walk on his 110th pitch, Spencer Mains (FR, Winnetka, IL) came in for relief out of the pen. After striking out the first batter that he faced, Mains allowed the next two to reach base. David Ulrich (FR, Summit, NJ) came in for relief and struck out the first batter that he faced to end the inning. After 7 innings the score was tied at 4-4.
In the 8th inning, the Poets scrapped for another run to take the lead 5-4. The Stags came to the plate in the 8th only to be robbed of two hits by both diving plays at third and in center field. Alex Sunderland (SO, Littleton, CO) came in to throw a scoreless 9th inning, but the Stags were unable to mount a comeback in the 9th and the game finished in a 5-4 score in favor of the poets.
Game 3 Stags 11 - Poets 10
The third game of this three game series was a wild one. The game featured starting pitchers Kyle Shipley (FR, Albany, CA) and Marty Bueno. The Poets got out to an early lead in the first inning scoring two runs. However, the Stags fought back to tie it up. Tim Ednoff (SR, Aliso Viejo) singled to lead off the home half of the inning and was brought home by Steve Dannaway (JR, Honolulu, HI.) Dannaway was then brought home shortly after by Andrew Blomberg.
Shipley then got into a groove, giving up no runs between the 2nd and 4th innings. After Whittier scored a run in the top of the 4th, the Stags scored 3 runs in each of the next two innings. Max Rose and Travis Nishioka each drove the ball off of the outfield wall to plate runs for the Stags off of Anothony Tsui.
The Stags carried an 8-5 lead into the 7th inning, but the Stags pitching and defense was not able to hold the lead. The Poets scored 2 runs in both the 7th and 8th innings and 1 in the 9th and lead the Stags at the bottom of the 9th 10-8. The Stags' half of the 9th showed that baseball can be a crazy game. The first two stags hitters, Max Rose and Ryan Kaup each reached base on fielding errors by the Poets' first baseman and third baseman respectively. Matt Moyer (JR, The Town, CA) then moved them over on a great situational sacrifice bunt. After that, catcher Moose Halpern (JR, SD, CA) hit a hard ground ball that the shortstop booted for the third error by the poets in the inning. To tie the game up, David Spiller (JR, Sacramento, CA) came up with a clutch sacrifice fly to left, which plated Ryan G. Kaup.
The game went into extra frames, and Alex Sunderland made his second appearance of the day and shut down the 10th inning. Alex Bonnett (SR, Redding, CA) lead off the bottom half with a hard hit single up the middle. After the Poets' pitched around Andrew Blomberg to put men on first and second, the hot hitting Max Rose came up to the plate. Rose went to the opposite field and bounced one over the 370 sign to plate Alex Bonnett. Sunderland picked up his second victory of the season. The Stags 3-5 hitters combined for 9 for 5 outing with 8 RBI and 4 runs scored. The Stags are 6-3 in conference play and look forward to their next conference matchup against the boys across 6th Street.