PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 6, 2015) – Junior Daniel Chou (Blue Bell, Pa. / Wissahickon) extended his hitting streak to five games as the Caltech baseball team hosted Chapman University in the first of a three-game SCIAC series on Friday afternoon.
After an evenly matched first four innings, the Panthers rode a five-run fifth to a 9-0 victory to get back to .500 on the season at 5-5 overall and 3-4 in SCIAC play, while the Beavers are now 0-13 (0-10).
Chou got things started by retiring the Panthers in order from the mound in the top of the first and singling to lead off the bottom of the frame. The junior was the only player to reach second base for either team over the first two innings before Chapman drove in the first run in the third for the 1-0 lead.
The Beavers nearly responded in the bottom of the inning as the leadoff batter, sophomore John Galden (Columbus, Ohio / St. Charles Prep), reached via a hit-by-pitch and advanced to second with one out, but was caught in a rundown in the next at-bat. Chou held it together for one more inning before Chapman's bats came alive, rattling off five runs in the fifth inning, two more in the sixth and a final score in the eighth.
Freshman Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) led the Beavers at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a walk, while sophomores Harrison Jacobs (Tucson, Ariz. / Catalina Foothills) and Tim Menninger (Norristown, Pa. / Chestnut Hill Acad.) also recorded hits, with junior Dylan Schultz drawing a walk. Galden allowed just one earned run in two hitless relief innings.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will play a doubleheader at Chapman tomorrow, Saturday, Mar. 7.