Photo by Nhi Casey
PASADENA, Calif. (Apr. 18, 2015) – Freshman Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Acad.) collected a team-high three hits and pulled within one double of the program single season record as the Caltech baseball team faced Pomona-PItzer in the final SCIAC series of the regular season on Friday and Saturday.
The Sagehens swept the series to improve to 25-10 overall and 17-7 in conference play, while the Beavers are now 2-31 (0-24).
Friday: Caltech 4, Pomona-Pitzer 29
Freshman Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Acad.) limited the Sagehens to just one run in the top of the first inning despite a leadoff double and back-to-back walks, but the visitors got to him in the second as they scored eight runs, thanks in part to a trio of errors.
Levine would come around to score himself on an RBI double by junior Dylan Schultz in the bottom of the second, but the Sagehens tacked on a whopping 14 runs in the third inning to take an insurmountable lead. The Beavers' bats gave them several chances throughout the rest of the game, but Caltech could only muster three more runs. Junior Daniel Chou (Blue Bell, Pa. / Wissahickon) led off the fourth inning with his 30th hit of the season and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by senior Oliver Curtiss (Hudson, Ohio / Western Reserve Acad.), followed by Levine on an RBI single by sophomore Harrison Jacobs (Tucson, Ariz. / Catalina Foothills). Levine would score for a third time on an error in the sixth inning.
Chou, Levine and freshman Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) each collected two hits, with McCarren and Levine doubling once apiece.
Saturday Game One: Caltech 0, Pomona-Pitzer 13
The Beavers found themselves on the wrong end of a no-hitter in the second game of the series as the Sagehens' Cameron Yen struck out 10 and walked one to earn his fifth win of the season. Senior Derek Kearney (Calrsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) kept things close through the first three innings, allowing just one run in each, before a seven-run fourth broke open the game. Freshman David Watson (Fort Collins, Colo. / Windsor) drew the walk for Caltech with two outs in the seventh to break up the perfect-game bid.
Game Two: Caltech 0, Pomona-Pitzer 16
The Sagehens scored multiple runs in each of the first five innings of the nightcap while Caltech would not have a base runner until the fourth inning. Schultz drew a one-out walk to break up the perfect game bid and Levine followed one out later with a single to put runners on the corners, but the Beavers could not get either home. Jacobs and sophomore Schaeffer Reed (Miami, Fla. / Westminster Christian) also reached base via a leadoff double and walk in the top of the fifth inning, but again Caltech could not plate either on two fly outs to centerfield and a groundout to the pitcher.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will enter SCIAC Pool Play as the #9 seed, meaning they are set to face the top four over the six-day stretch. Caltech will host the University of La Verne (20-14, 17-7) on Wednesday, Apr. 22 at 3:00 p.m.