Photo by Nhi Casey
PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2015) – Sophomore John Galden (Columbus, Ohio / St. Charles Prep) tied his career high with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate as the Caltech baseball team hosted No. 9 Cal Lutheran University on Friday afternoon.
The Beavers hung close through the first few innings before the Kingsmen found their stroke at the plate, going on to win 12-0 in seven innings. Cal Lu improves to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the SCIAC while Caltech is now 0-10 (0-7).
With junior Daniel Chou (Blue Bell, Pa. / Wissahickon) on the mound to open the series, the Beavers kept pace with the Kingsmen through the first three innings, mustering just one fewer base runner while trailing only 1-0 thanks to an unearned run. Caltech even had an opportunity to take the lead in the first inning with runners on first and second, but with two outs neither could be brought home.
The Beavers had another chance to respond to the Kingsmen's first run, as Galden led off the bottom of the third with a sharp single along the third base line and Chou reached via walk, still with no outs. Caltech's next three batters could not get the ball out of the infield to advance either, though, and Cal Lu took advantage.
The Kingsmen went ahead 3-0 in the fourth and tacked on four more in the fifth to lead 7-0 before Caltech had another chance to answer. Senior Oliver Curtiss (Hudson, Ohio / Western Reserve Acad.) smacked a line drive to centerfield to lead off the bottom of the fifth, Galden followed with a single and Chou bunted his way aboard to load the bases without a single out recorded. Cal Lu's defense stepped up, however, nailing Curtiss at the plate and turning a double play in the next at-bat to keep Caltech off the board.
Cal Lu added three more runs in the top of the sixth inning and another two in the seventh to end the game early.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will head out to Thousand Oaks for the series-ending doubleheader at Cal Lu tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 28.