Photo by Nhi Casey
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2015) – Sophomore John Galden (Columbus, Ohio / St. Charles Prep) recorded a fifth straight hit in as many at-bats as the Caltech baseball team squared off at No. 9 Cal Lutheran University in a SCIAC doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
After going 3-for-3 in Friday's series opener, the second baseman singled in his first two at-bats of the doubleheader.
Cal Lutheran took both games to improve to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in the SCIAC, while Caltech is now 0-12 (0-9).
Game 1: Caltech 1, No. 9 Cal Lu 18
The Beavers wasted no time getting going in the first game, as junior Daniel Chou (Blue Bell, Pa. / Wissahickon) led off with an infield single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Ryan Casey (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) and came around to score on an RBI single right up the middle by freshman Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) for the 1-0 lead. Cal Lu hit right back with four runs in the bottom of the frame, though, and added three more in the second.
After senior Derek Kearney (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) recorded a 1-2-3 third inning, the Kingsmen put up another six runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and four in the sixth to end the game. Caltech had a pair of golden opportunities to score, loading the bases in the fifth inning and putting runners on second and third in the sixth, both with no outs, but could not capitalize.
Game 2: Caltech 0, No. 9 Cal Lu 18
The Kingsmen stayed hot in the nightcap, scoring 13 runs in the first three innings. Caltech had a chance to get on the board in the top of the third inning as junior Dylan Schultz led off with a single and Chou joined him on the base paths with just one out, but a double play ended the frame. That would be the Beavers' best opportunity to score, while Cal Lu added four more runs in the fifth and a final in the sixth.
Chou ended the day 2-for-7 with the Beavers' lone run scored, while Schultz also impressed at the plate, going 2-for-3, including a pinch hit single in the first game.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will host Chapman University (4-5, 2-4) on Friday, Mar. 6 at 2:30 p.m.