Whittier Tops Baseball in Extras, 4-1

Whittier, Calif. (3/18/12) – Whittier College used two long balls to help propel them past the Kean University baseball team by the final of 4-1 in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon in the California Invitational.

Designated hitter Corey Hansen led off the 11th frame with a walk and later swiped second, putting the go-ahead run in scoring position.  Later in the inning with two outs, infielder Josh Genzuk delivered what would be the winning run with an RBI single to right-center.  One batter later, Austin Straus added insurance with a two-run blast to right-center for the final of 4-1.

The Cougars (10-3) tied the game at one-all in the bottom of the seventh as sophomore Tyler Smarslok started off the inning with a walk.  He would be sacrificed to second and later in the inning crossed the plate on an RBI double from senior D.J. Breckenridge, his second double of the afternoon.  Whittier (11-11) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth as Andrew Vallejo lined a one-out homerun to left.

Starter Ryan Schwenn picked up the win.  Schwenn (5-3) tossed 10 innings allowing 11 hits and one run with four walks and three strikeouts.  Reliever Andrew Pigott tossed a 1-2-3 inning to earn his first save.  Senior Steve Sanguiliano suffered the loss.  Sanguiliano (1-2) allowed three runs and two hits in three innings of relief.  Junior Julian Diaz saw his first action of the spring with four shutout innings of relief.  Starter Sam Fourre earned a no-decision with four innings of work.

Offensively Breckenridge (pictured left) was 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI while Sanguiliano, sophomore Joe O’Connor and junior Nick Ramagli all recorded two hits apiece.

Kean returns to action on Monday with a rescheduled matchup against Pomona-Pitzer at 3 p.m. local time.