Baseball splits doubleheader at home

Campus Times
April 25, 1997

by Erica Aguilar
Editorial Assistant


Determined to defeat the Whittier Poets this past weekend, the University of La Verne baseball team only conquered one winning game, losing two and making their conference standing, 9-9.

On Friday, La Verne fell to the Poets, losing 10-7. Saturday, the Leopards played a doubleheader at Ben Hines field and split by winning the first game 9-8 and losing the second, 12-8.

Head coach Owen Wright said, "Saturday's games were a replica of Friday's game. We scored enough runs in all three games to win all three games."

At the beginning of the first game, senior right fielder Seth Marrs hit an infield homerun, making the score 1-0 at the bottom of the first inning.

In the bottom of the second inning, sophomore catcher Armando Hernandez made a basehit and stole second base. Freshman Dave LaPeer also made a basehit, advancing Hernandez to third base. Hernandez then stole home plate and the score was 2-0.

When ULV came up to bat in the following inning, senior shortstop Brock Whobrey got a basehit and sophomore left fielder David Riffle hit a homerun, batting in Whobrey. The Leopards remained on fire when Hernandez was up again, hitting a consecutive homerun and the score was 5-0.

Junior third baseman Robert Perea and junior second baseman Lyle Miller both scored in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Whittier had a big fifth inning when four of their players hit doubles and one made a basehit, scoring a total of five runs.

Though the pressure was on in the sixth inning, La Verne came back and sophomore first baseman Eric Britton got a base hit. Marrs then hit a triple and Britton scored the only run in that inning. The score was 8-5.

"Marrs did equal the record by obtaining 14 career triples held by Wayne Redfearn back in 1977," said Wright.

After the seventh inning stretch, the Poets scored another two runs and an additional run in the top of the eighth inning, tying the score 8-8.

By this time, both pitchers from ULV and Whittier were replaced.

Senior pitcher Sean Caldwell was relieved by freshman pitcher Andy Davis. For Whittier, senior woman pitcher Ila Borders was replaced by freshman pitcher Bob Weber.

"I think the team is short on pitchers. We get off to a big lead and then we have trouble holding the lead," said Riffle.

It all came down to the bottom of the ninth inning when La Verne scored the winning run.

Riffle made a basehit and successfully stole to second base. Hernandez made a sacrifice hit, advancing Riffle to third base. With only one out, junior pinch runner Jack Iafrate took Riffle's place at third base and freshman Gary Griffith was the designated batter. He made a challenging basehit and Iafrate ran home to his awaiting teammates at the plate. The score and game was 9-8.

"I knew if he threw me a fastball, I would hit it and the infield was up, so Iafrate scored by my basehit to win the game," Griffith said.

But disappointment did hit home for the Leopards in game two.

La Verne scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Neither team scored in the third but by the fourth inning, the Poets scored their first run by a run batted in (RBI).

Scoring for the Leopards in the fourth inning were Britton and Miller. By the bottom of the fifth, La Verne had a 6-1 lead over the Poets.

Trouble was definitely on its way for ULV in the sixth inning.

Two of the Poets were walked, two doubles were hit and a basehit was made. Junior pitcher Maynard McClarrinon was relieved by Davis but the damage continued with more basehits from Whittier. The score was 6-8 when the inning finally ended.

Marrs said, "It seems like we can't put anything together consistently and it's frustrating."

The poets continued to trample over the Leopards, scoring two more runs in the top of the eighth inning.

ULV did come back by scoring two runs in that same inning.

Returning to the plate, the Poets kept the momentum going for their teammates, scoring twice again in the ninth inning. They were able to hold the Leopards and the final score was 8-12.

"This is the first losing season that I've coached in 14 years. I don't know how we can go from a national winning team to the bottom half of the standings," said Wright.

The Leopards play Cal Lutheran, the number one ranked team in the conference, today at Ben Hines field at 3 p.m. and a doubleheader tomorrow at Cal Lutheran at 11 a.m.

La Verne will conclude its season next Saturday and Sunday at Ben Hines Field.

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