THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Apr. 21, 2018) – The Caltech baseball team put the finishing touches on its 2018 SCIAC season with a doubleheader at defending national champion California Lutheran University on Saturday afternoon. The series featured the most offense from the Beavers since the Pomona-Pitzer Colleges series.
Friday: Cal Lutheran 13, Caltech 5
Junior Jonah Krop (Santa Monica, Calif. / Santa Monica) earned the Beavers' final home start of the year and utilized his repetoire to keep the Kingsmen at bay for the first half of the game, and thanks in part to his backing offense, the Beavers drew even with the visitors in the fourth inning. Krop held Cal Lutheran to four runs over the first five innings and kept his team in the game, in large part due to improved control. The junior walked just one batter over that span.
Caltech's big inning came in the bottom fourth. Junior catcher Mark Burleson (Ladera Ranch, Calif. / Tesoro) singled down the left field line to advance fellow junior Connor Moffatt (Charleston, W.Va. / George Washington) to second base while bringing senior Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Academy) all the way around. The Cal Lutheran pitcher then began to struggle with control, awarding freshman third baseman Dillon Holder (New York, NY / Horace Mann) his first RBI of the season after walking in a run before senior David Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor) drove in the Beavers' third run of the inning. Burleson also picked up his team-leading 15th stolen base of the season. Freshman Mitchell Watson (Windsor, Colo. / Windsor) drove in the Beavers' first run of the game with a second-inning double and his .453 slugging percentage leads the team.
Saturday Game 1: Cal Lutheran 11, Caltech 0
The Beavers had a tougher time against one of the Kingsmen's top pitchers in Thousand Oaks, but managed six team hits, all of which went for singles. Garrett Levine picked up two hits and improved his batting average to .241 thanks to a solid weekend at the dish. Dillon Holder, meanwhile drew the start for Caltech and senior David Watson relieved him with three solid innings to conclude the game.
Saturday Game 2: Cal Lutheran 14, Caltech 4
The offense came back to life in game two in sophomore Cortland Perry (New York, N.Y. / The Dalton School) and senior shortstop Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) had standout games at the dish. McCarren picked up three hits to raise his batting average above the Mendoza line and scored one of his team's four runs. Perry, meanwhile picked up two RBI's with a single swing of the bat on a double down the left field line in the third inning, where all four of the Beavers' runs came. McCarren also added another stolen base to his senior year resume.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will complete the 2018 season on a three-game road trip at the University of Chicago beginning on Saturday Apr. 28.