PASADENA, CA – The Redlands baseball team scored enough runs early to help them hold off a Caltech rally in posting a 10-6 win on Friday afternoon.
The Bulldogs got on the board with a single run in the first inning on a Jason Henning RBI single. They tacked on three more in the second inning on a Nathaniel Acosta two-run homerun and a Jordan Dresner RBI single.
Redlands went up 5-0 by scoring two runs in the fourth inning. Mark Tumlinson drove home Max Hardom with a double in the gap. Tumlinson scored on wild pitch in giving the Bulldogs a five run cushion. Caltech got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the inning. The Beavers first run of the game came when Will Dooris drove in his first run of the season on an infield hit.
The visitors pushed their lead back to five runs in the fifth inning as Connor Hannock crossed the plate. Redlands enjoyed their biggest lead of the day when they scored another run in the seventh inning on a Joe Bell sacrifice fly that scored Sean McMillan.
Caltech plated three runs in their half of the seventh to keep the pressure on Redlands. Daniel Chou, Albie Lavin and Mason Freedman each crossed the plate to bring Caltech's deficit to 8-4. Redlands push their lead back to six runs as Tumlinson and Jason Henning each scored in the eighth.
The Beavers made another scoring push in the eighth inning as Lavin and Brian Penserini each drove in a run. Redlands went down 1-2-3 in the ninth inning but Acosta stepped onto the mound for the Bulldogs to close the door on a Caltech comeback.
Lavin had a career day with his first four-hit game in a Beaver uniform. The junior went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. The trio of Freedman, Dooris and Jerome Skelly each had two hits.
Caltech's 11 hits ties their season high mark.
Tumilson scored three runs while Hannock went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI to help pace the Redlands offense. Acosta went 2-for-4 with two RBI's and scored a run.
Eliot Smith earned the win on the mound by going six innings and striking out 11 while allowing seven hits.
The two teams complete their three-game set on Saturday with a doubleheader at Redlands beginning at 11 a.m.