With seven games left on the schedule, the Caltech baseball team played three different league opponents during a three-day stretch beginning on Saturday.
Saturday, April 14 – La Verne 12, Caltech 2 (Box Score)
The league leading Leopards scored a run in all but two innings en route to the eight inning win.
In a game played at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the Leopards scored a pair of runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings to take an 8-0 lead. Caltech put a single run on the board in the sixth when Eric Schropp scored on a single from Jerome Skelly.
Jacob Ludvik reached base all five times he came to the plate to lead the La Verne attach. The outfielder went 4-for-4 with four runs scored and three RBI's while drawing a walk.
The Caltech offense put together a 10 hit effort with all but one player recording a hit. Penserini went 2-for-4 to continue his solid season at the plate.
Sunday, April 15 – Whittier 7, Caltech 0 (Box Score)
Strong pitching helped propel the Poets to a nine-inning victory on Sunday afternoon at Caltech.
The Whittier pitching trio of Casey Serna, Mitchell Peterson and Curtis Martin gave-up five hits, struck out seven while walking just one in keeping the Beavers at bay.
In the early going Caltech starter Derek Kearney kept the Poets bats quiet. Whittier scored one in the second inning and two in the fifth but couldn't break open a big inning. Kearney stuck out four and allowed six hits in his six innings of work.
The visitors broke open the game by tallying 10 hits and scoring four runs in the last three innings.
Lead off hitter Andrew Vallejo provided a big bat in the line-up. The senior went 2-for-4 with two RBI's and two runs scored. Fellow outfielder Tyler Boggard also had two hits and scored runs to aid in the Whittier offensive effort.
Brian Penserini produced another solid outing at the plate, going 2-for-3 while hustling for his first triple of the season.
Monday, April 16 – CMS 12, Caltech 0 (Box Score)
A big third inning helped Claremont-Mudd-Scripps defeat Caltech, 12-0 Monday afternoon.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps starter, Matt Allan pitched six innings while only allowing two hits and striking out five. He got all the run support he needed to earn the victory when Claremont-Mudd-Scripps scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning to break open the game.
Caltech had an opportunity to respond in the top of the fourth inning when they loaded the bases, but were unable to come away with anything when Brendan Sheehan lined out to the shortstop.
Offensively, DH Michael Erb let a very balanced Stags attack as all nine players in the starting lineup scored a run and six different guys finished with an RBI.