Beavers Open SCIAC Play with La Verne

Beavers Open SCIAC Play with La Verne

The Caltech baseball team started league play with a three-game set against La Verne. All three games of the series were played at Caltech because of ongoing construction to the Leopards baseball field.

Game One -- La Verne 10, Caltech 4 (Box Score)

In a game that was originally scheduled to be played in La Verne, the Leopards jumped out to a 6-1 lead after five innings.

The Beavers opened the sixth inning by putting Blaine Matulevich and Brian Penserini on base. Eric Schropp legged out a three-run home run down the right field line to make the score 6-4. La Verne added a single run in the bottom half of the sixth before putting the game away with a three-spot in the eighth inning.

La Verne took advantage of five Caltech errors as three of the 10 runs La Verne scored were earned. Penserini pitched 4 2/3 innings and struck out two. Derek Kearney came in to finish the game by striking out four in 3 1/3 innings.

Game Two-- LaVerne 23, Caltech 5 (Box Score)

The La Verne bats exploded from the start as they scored in the first four innings. The visitors held an 18-3 lead after four innings.

All but one of the Leopards started tallied at least one hit or scored a run in the contest. La Verne banged out 23 hits led by George Hanna's five hit game. The shortstop also scored three runs and drove in three more. The catcher Jason Moralez went 4-for-4 with four RBI's and three runs scored.

La Verne starter Phil Schick struck out seven before giving way to the relief pitchers after three innings.

Caltech's Brendan Sheehan, Eric Schropp and Nick Robertson each had two hits. Albie Lavin drove in one and scored two.

Game Three-- La Verne 23, Caltech 1 (Box Score)

La Verne put 14 runs on the board in the first inning and never looked back in taking the weekend series. Hanna continued to lead the offense as he tallied a four hit day with another game of three runs scored and three RBI's.

Robertson plated the Beavers lone run in the seventh inning.