PASADENA, CA – After playing a vital role in Caltech’s season opening doubleheader against Pacifica, sophomore pitcher/outfielder Derek Kearney was named the SCIAC’s male athlete of the week.
In the two games, the native of Carlsbad, CA, went 4-for-7 with two runs scored and two RBI’s at the plate. It was the first time he dug into the batter’s box as a collegiate player.
“Derek put together two solid games for us on Saturday,” first-year head coach Matthew Mark said. “He is going to play a key role throughout the season and he certainly got off to a good start. From being a pitcher only last season to now becoming a steady presence at the plate, I was really pleased with the swings he took.”
Kearney started the first game of the two-game set on the mound where he went 6.0 innings, gave up two earned runs and struck out two. At the plate he was 2-for-3.
He played major role at the plate in the nightcap in helping the Beavers to a 9-7 victory. He put together a 2-for-4 effort while scoring twice and driving in two more. He also made two putouts in leftfield.
During the win the Beavers snapped a 10-year losing skid that spanned 228-games.
He is the first Caltech baseball player to earned the league top weekly honor and the first Beaver male student-athlete to earn the accolade since Ryan Elmquist got the nod on March 2, 2011.
The award is voted on by the conference’s sports information directors.