Oxy Wins 10th in a Row, Sweeps Whittier

Oxy Wins 10th in a Row, Sweeps Whittier

WHITTIER — The Occidental baseball team is red hot and continues to win with late-inning rallies.

Jack Brancheau went 4 for 5 with four RBIs, including two during a five-run ninth-inning rally, leading the Tigers to a 10-7 comeback win at Whittier for its third consecutive SCIAC sweep and 10th win in a row on Sunday.

It is win No. 101 for Oxy head coach Luke Wetmore and associate head coach Jesse Rodgers in their fifth season with the Tigers.

From the Coach: "Jack gave us clutch hitting and Josh Cohen gave us a chance when he took the ball in relief," Wetmore said. "This team is never out of it. They always believe they can and will come back."

Season Impact: The Tigers improve to 12-4 overall and are in first place in the SCIAC at 10-2. 

Whittier falls to 5-12 and 2-7.

Oxy has won six games this season with comebacks starting in the fifth inning or later, with four of those comebacks coming in SCIAC competition.

The Tigers haven't lost since the second game of their SCIAC-opening series against Chapman on Feb. 20.

Brancheau has been instrumental in those victories. The first year from Scottsdale, Ariz. hit a walk off home run in the 11th inning to beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on March 4 and had his bat all over Oxy's victory over the poets on Sunday.

Brancheau drove in Oxy's first run in the third, had another RBI-single during a four-run seventh that evened the game at 5-5 and then after Whittier jumped ahead 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth with a pair of runs, he drove in two more during a five-run ninth that put Oxy up 10-7.

Devon DeRaad, who set Oxy's single season home run record last season with 13 jacks, went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored in Game 3 against the Poets. He was 6 for 12 with three home runs, seven RBIs, five runs scored and two doubles in the series.

DeRaad is leading the SCIAC with five home runs and 21 RBIs. The junior is hitting .444, with a .527 on base percentage and a .867 slugging percentage.

Jared Baur went 3 for 3 with a run scored and Wilson Terrall was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, a double and a run scored for Oxy. 

Tigers' leadoff hitter Brady Fuller, who had an eight-game hitting streak earlier this season, went 2 for 3 with an RBI, a double and a run scored. He earned a walk that scored the go-ahead run in the ninth, bringing in Graham Pimm.

Oxy Clean-up hitter Jamie Cooper went 2 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. 

Walker Marks came on to pitch a scoreless ninth, earning the victory. 

Justin Ushio was charged with the loss for the Poets.

Game 1: Occidental 11, Whittier 6; RecapBox Score

Game 2: Occidental 8, Whittier 5; Recap, Box Score

Next Game: The Tigers are back in action in a non-conference three-game series agaisnt Rutgers-Newark, beginning with a doubleheader on March 19 at 11 a.m.

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