Photo by Nhi Casey
PASADENA, Calif. (Apr. 3, 2015) – Freshman Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Acad.) and sophomore Schaeffer Reed (Miami, Fla. / Westminster Christian) recorded both of the Beavers' hits and combined to pitch all seven innings as the Caltech baseball team opened a SCIAC weekend series against the University of Redlands on Friday afternoon.
The Bulldogs rode a big first inning to a 13-0 victory, improving to 18-9 overall and 11-8 in the SCIAC while the Beavers dip to 2-23 (0-16).
Redlands put up seven runs in the first inning and tacked on two more in the second to lead 9-0 as Kevin Stevens tossed two hitless frames against the Beavers. Senior Ryan Casey (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) earned a trip to first base in the second inning on a hit-by-pitch and Reed singled his way aboard with one out in the third, but neither could advance any further.
A pair of wild pitches allowed another Redlands run to score in the fourth. Levine tried to answer with a leadoff walk in the bottom half of the inning, but a fly out and consecutive strikeouts ended the Beavers' hopes in the frame. The Bulldogs would push two more runs across in the fifth to go up 12-0.
Caltech's best opportunity came in the bottom of the sixth inning. Freshman Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) suffered from perhaps the unluckiest play of the game as he sent a screaming liner right over first base, but the Bulldogs first baseman was shading to his left and snagged it just in time for the first out. With the Beavers fired up at that point, freshman David Watson (Fort Collins, Colo. / Windsor) drew a walk and Levine smashed a double down the left field line to put runners on second and third, still with just one out. The Bulldogs' Josh Makler stepped up to get both the Beavers' next two batters swinging to end the inning, however, and Redlands added a final run in the top of the seventh.
Casey and Reed each reached base twice, with the senior drawing two hit-by-pitches and Reed's speed forcing an infield error on a sharp grounder. The sophomore also tossed two innings in relief, surrendering just one unearned run on two hits and striking out one against zero walks.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will head to Redlands for a doubleheader tomorrow, Saturday, Apr. 4.