PASADENA, CA - The Caltech nine couldn't recover from a tough start as they dropped the first of three games against ClaremontMuddScripps 12-3 on Friday afternoon.
The two teams play a doubleheader in Claremont on Saturday.
ClaremontMuddScripps scored three, five and one run respectively in the first three innings as they jumped out to a 9-0 lead. The first three Stag hitters reached base and eventually scored as the visitors plated three runs during their first three outs.
The second inning proved critical. The Stags sent 10 men to the plate and scored their five runs on three hits. MacKenzie Menthen had one of the big blows with his single that scored two runs. An RBI single in the third inning by Jake Witte rounded out the early scoring. From that point forward neither offense put together a substantial threat.
Caltech's three runs all came in the eighth inning. An infield single put Jared Reed on base but two straight outs left Reed standing at first base. Ryan Casey and Albie Lavin hit back-to-back singles and then Daniel Chou drove home Reed and Casey a single of his own. A fourth straight single by Harrison Jacobs scored Lavin. The rallied died there as the Stags got the third out on a ground out fielders choice.
Friday's final three runs came in the top of the ninth as Cameron Ridley, Scott Witte and Nicholas Daifotis all crossed home plate.
On the mound Chad Hadzinski earned the win by going six innings and striking out six while giving-up five hits.
The ClaremontMuddScripp's offense was led by Scott Witte's 2-for-2 effort at the plate. The senior reach base all five plate appearances as he scored four times.
Offensively Caltech put together an 11-hit effort which was the most against a SCIAC foe this season. Daniel Chou led the hit parade with his third three-hit game of the season. Thomas Kwok and Tim Menninger each had multi-hit games with two base knocks each. They lead the team with nine and seven multi-hit games respectively.