LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Occidental College pushed across two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete a sweep of a non-conference baseball doubleheader against visiting Whitworth University on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers (5-0) won the opener 6-3 and then squeaked out the nightcap 4-3.
The Pirates will try to get their first victory of the weekend on Sunday at California Lutheran University.
Game 1 – Occidental 6, Whitworth 3
The Tigers held off the Pirates by scoring single runs in each of their final three innings at-bat.
Taylor Poffenroth's RBI double in the top of the first gave Whitworth an early lead. Oxy responded with three runs in the bottom of the third. Antonio Andrade and Eamon McNeil had RBI singles for the hosts.
Jaxsen Sweum's run-scoring single in the fifth got the Bucs within one run, but Bryan Smith answered with a solo home run in the sixth.
Sweum's double in the top of the seventh got Whitworth back within a run. Once again the Tiger's answered right back with McNeil's RBI single in the bottom half of the inning. Oxy added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.
Matthew Young went six innings on the mound for Whitworth and took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits. Tyson Yamane worked the final two innings in relief and gave up two runs on three hits.
Nolan McCarthy threw seven innings for Oxy and got the win after he gave up three runs on seven hits. He struck out eight and walked one. Louie Kim got the save with 1.1 innings of hitless relief.
Game 2 – Occidental 4, Whitworth 3
Jake Fredrickson singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Tigers to a doubleheader sweep.
Occidental tied the game in the sixth, the first run scoring on Smith's sacrifice fly.
However, pinch hitter Angelo Zorn led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run to tie the game. After a pair of hits the Tigers had a chance to win the game with one out, but Jack Brancheau was thrown out at the plate for the second out. Jake Fredrickson followed with a game-winning hit.
Diego Ramierez threw eight innings for Oxy, but Bryce Coyne got the win with one inning of relief.