After a three week break from SCIAC play, Caltech tangled with #28 Cal Lutheran in a three-game set with the first game in Pasadena on Friday afternoon and the doubleheader hosted by Cal Lutheran on Saturday
Game One – Cal Lutheran 11, Caltech 0 (Box Score)
Two bigs innings and solid pitching lifted the Kingsmen to the win in the opening game of the series.
After scoring a single run in the first and third innings, the Kingsmen put a five-spot on the scoreboard in the fifth inning to stretch their lead. The visitors added four runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach.
Cal Lutheran, who came into the weekend as the league's top pitching team, held the Beavers hitless until the seventh inning. The duo of Byron Minnich and Jordan Cox struck out eight batters.
Craig Jacobson went 3-for-5 with four RBI's and two runs scored to pace the Kingsmen attack. Nick DeLorenzo tallied a 2-for-4 performance on the plate with two runs scored and an RBI.
Game Two – Cal Lutheran 10, Caltech 0 (Box Score)
The first game on Saturday was similar to the game at Caltech on Friday as the Kingsmen pitching and top of the line-up hitting propelled Cal Lutheran.
Peter Ciaramitaro struck out a season high 11 batters in 5.0 innings of work while holding the Beavers to one hit. Ciaramitaro improved his record to 5-0 this season.
Cal Lutheran's number two hitter Dominick Solley went 2-for-3 with two runs scored Nick DeLorenzo also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored from the number five slot in the line-up.
The home squad scored at least one run in six of the seven innings en route to posting the victory.
Brendan Sheehan produced the Beavers lone hit of the afternoon in the second inning.
Caltech's defense was solid behind the pitching as the Beavers played their third error-free game of the season.
Game Three – Cal Lutheran 12, Caltech 2 (Box Score)
In the nightcap the Beavers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the third inning. A Brian Penserini two-out double scored Albie Lavin from first base to give the Beavers the early lead. The same combo upped the Caltech advantage in the third inning. Lavin opened the inning with a double then scored two batters later on a Penserini single to right field.
The two-run Caltech cushion continued as Lavin held the Kingsmens' bats in-check until the sixth inning. The sophomore gave up just three entering the frame before the home squad exploded offensively. Cal Lutheran put together a nine run inning to chase Lavin and take control of the contest.
An Iggy Wagner inside-the-park homerun in the seventh gave the Kingsmen a 10-run lead and concluded the game.
Aside from Lavin's and Penserini's offensive exploits, Mason Freedman reached base twice by going 1-for-2 with a walk.
Nicho DellaValle and John Leal combined to go 5-for-8 with five RBI's and four runs scored out of the seventh and eighth spots in the line-up respectively.