PASADENA, CA – Playing their final game before the winter term finals the Caltech baseball team couldn't recover for a rough first inning as they fell 10-4 to Drew on Thursday morning.
The Rangers sent 11-men to plate in the top of the first as they scored seven runs on seven hits. During that opening inning Robert Miskura and Dominc Reyes each drove-in two runs with extra base hits for the visitors.
The score remained 7-0 until the third inning when Daniel Chou scored on a Ryan Casey fielders choice. Leading 7-1 in the fifth inning, the Rangers put another run on the board when Robert Cortright drove home Mark Alessio with an RBI single. Caltech plated a run in their half of the fifth inning on a Tim Menniger single that scored Chou.
Drew scored their final two runs of the game in the sixth inning. Richie Poland brought home Corey Mulligan with a triple in the left centerfield gap. Mulligan scored one batter late on a Alessio groundout.
The Beavers were able to scratch across a run in the sixth inning when Jared Reed reached on an error by the shortstop which allowed Lavin to cross the plate. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Beavers rally was snuffed out as Chou popped out to first base.
Caltech had one more rally in them the next inning as three of the first four batters reached base. John Galden's RBI sacrifice fly scored Menninger to make the score 10-4. However, the Beaver stranded two runners as Thomas Kwok flew out to leftfield to end the inning.
During the closing innings both teams put runners into scoring position but couldn't push across a run.
Menninger led the Beavers season high 12-hit attack with a 4-for-5 effort with an RBI and a run scored. Menninger's four-hit game was a first for a Beaver player since Feb. 22 of last season when Albie Lavin turned the trick.
Harrison Jacobs and Kwok also had multi-hit days as each them had two base knocks. Chou scored a team best two runs.
Michael Manfra went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI's to aid in the Rangers victory.
On the mound Ryan Fitzpatrick went 5.0 innings and struck out seven to earn the win.
Chou struck out a Caltech season high four batters in his 7.0 innings of work.
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