REDLANDS, CA - The middle and late innings proved vital in each game as the Redlands baseball team took two games for Caltech on Saturday.
GAME ONE – Redlands 8, Caltech 1 (Box Score)
The Bulldogs broke open the came with runs in the middle innings in taking the opener.
With neither team putting a run on the scoreboard through the first 3 1/2 innings, the Bulldogs plated a run in the fourth inning. Sean McMillan singled home Jason Henning, who tripled one batter earlier, to give the home the team the early edge.
Redlands manufactured three more runs in the fifth inning. Mark Tumlinson hit a sactifice fly that scored John Keanr then Henning drove in Nathan Bowker with a single. The final run of the frame came when a McMillan ground out scored Jordan Dresner.
The Beavers put a run on the board when Mason Freedman doubled home Brian Penserini with a two-out hit. Unfortunately the visitors the Bulldogs plated a run in the sixth and all but put the game out of reach with a three-run seventh inning.
Kyle Hart pitched 8.0 innings struck out five and allowed just four hits to earn the win.
Daniel Chou, once again, pitched deep into the game for Caltech as the first-year went 7.0 innings.
Freedman put together a 2-for-4 effort at the plate for the visitors while Ryan Casey went 2-for-3 in recording his first multi-hit game of the season.
The Redlands offense was paced by Nathaniel Acosta's 3-for-4 performance. McMilan had two-hits and three RBI's to aid in the win.
GAME TWO – Redlands 14, Caltech 4 (Box Score)
Redlands overcame an early deficit in posting a seven inning win as they completed the sweep of the three-game weekend set.
After the Bulldogs plated a run in the first inning, the Beavers responded with a pair of runs in the second inning. Ryan Casey singled home Derek Kearney, who doubled one batter prior, for the Beavers first run. Two batters later Thomas Kwok recorded his first RBI of the season when his ground out scored Casey.
Caltech held that 2-1 lead until the third inning when Redlands put together a four-run, five-hit inning in grabbing back the advantage on the scoreboard. That inning started a string of five straight innings in which the Bulldogs put at least one run on the board.
Down 5-2, Caltech got their deficit down to two runs when Kearney scored on a pass ball in the fourth inning. Redlands responded with two runs in their half of the fourth. Caltech scored their final run of the game in the fifth inning when Mason Freedman drove in Daniel Chou with a single to bring the Beavers within 7-4. That three run deficit was as close as Caltech got as Redlands closed the game with a single run in the fifth then put up a crooked number on the scored in the sixth and seventh inning.
Kearney's day at the plate included a 2-for-2 effort with two runs scored. Blaine Matulevich went 2-for-3 for his first multi-hit game of 2013.
A host of players had two hits for the Bulldogs. Acosta finished his solid weekend with a 2-for-3 effort with three runs scored and two RBI's.
John Keane went all seven innings on the mound to earn the win.