PASADENA, CA – Late game scoring innings were the difference in both games as ClaremontMuddScripps swept a doubleheader from Caltech on Saturday afternoon.
Game One – CMS 10, Caltech 7 (Box Score)
In a back-and-forth game the Stags put together enough offense in the late innings to pull out the win.
The visitors got on the board in the third inning when Christian Hoxsie and Brent Wantanabe crossed the plate. Caltech responded with a four-run bottom half of the inning. Brian Penserini started the scoring when he crossed the plate on an error by ClaremontMuddScripps. Derek Kearny continued the momentum with a two-run double that scored Albie Lavin and Jerome Skelly. Kearney came around to score two batters later to give the Beavers a 4-2 lead.
Caltech added to their cushion with a run in the fourth inning when Lavin singled home Daniel Chou. The visitors rallied with a three-run sixth inning. The scoring was capped off when Brian Barlett's double scored a pair of run. The Stags took the lead with two more runs in the seventh inning as Ray Hurwitz and Jack Witte scored.
Trailing 7-5 entering their half of the seventh inning, Caltech tied the score with runs by Mason Freedman and Ryan Casey. ClaremontMuddScripps responded, once again, when they put together a three-run eighth inning on three-hits as Hoxsie, Williams Knowles and Witte crossed the plate. Caltech went in order in the eighth inning and got a runner on base in the ninth before the Snags closed out the game.
Both Lavin and Casey pieced together two hits with Lavin driving in two and scoring another. Kearny also drove in two to aid in the Beavers offense.
Witte's three-hit, three run day highlighted the visitors attack.
Game Two – CMS 8, Caltech 6 (Box Score)
Another late rally by the Stags proved to be the difference in the contest.
Caltech jumped in front with a two-run, three-hit second inning. Thomas Kwok hit a one-out double down the left field line that scored Ryan Casey and Mason Freedman. ClaremontMuddScripps countered with two runs in the third inning as Jack Witte's two RBI single knotted the game at 2-2.
The Beavers put a single run on the scoreboard in the fourth inning on a Blaine Matulevich suicide squeeze that scored Ryan Casey. Caltech up their lead with a three-run fifth inning. A Derek Kearney double scored Brian Penserini then one batter later Freedman hit a double to right centerfield that scored Kearney and Jerome Skelly.
Down 6-2 the Stags responded right away with a six-run sixth inning. The visitors pieced together their inning with four hits and one Beaver error. The deciding blow came when Brett Wantanabe laced double past third base that scored Jack Witte and Scott Witte with two out.
Caltech was able to get a runner on base in both the seventh and ninth innings with no outs but double plays erased the potential rally.
A host of Beavers tallied two-hit afternoon in the second game as Caltech tallied a season high 13 hits. Matulevich, Penserini, Skelly, Freedman, Casey and Kwok each had multi-hit efforts.
Daniel Chou went the distance for the fifth time this season.