ORANGE, CA – In the fastest played game of the season for both teams, Chapman posted a 4-1 win over Caltech on Friday afternoon.
The nine-inning contest was played in a brisk 1:45.
The Panthers got on the board in the first inning when Mark Saatzer knocked home Greg Dillon with a one-out single. With Chapman leading 1-0 the Beavers had a chance in the fourth inning when Daniel Chou reach second with one out but would only advance to third before the scoring opportunity ended.
In the fifth inning the home team pieced together two hits and took advantage of a Beavers error to increase their lead to 3-0. Dillon scored on an RBI ground out by Connor Battaglia then an error on the next play scored Saatzer.
Caltech scored in the eighth inning when Blaine Matulevich stole third and crossed the plate on a throwing error. With the scoreboard reading 3-1 entering the bottom of the inning the home team added an insurance run when Jeff Ortega scored on a Matt Mohler double.
Both pitchers earned complete games. Caltech starter Jerome Skelly had his best outing of the year as he scattered 12 hits in going eight innings. Justin Hanks allowed just five hits while striking out three to earn the win.
The two teams play a doubleheader on Saturday at Caltech beginning at 11 a.m.