PASADENA, CA – In their season opening weekend, Caltech came-up on the short end of the scoreboard as they dropped a doubleheader to Pacifica on Sunday afternoon.
The Gladiators pushed across just enough runs to post a 4-2 win in the opener. In the second game, two big scoring innings were enough for Pacifica's 9-3 victory.
Game One – Pacifica 4, Caltech 2 (Box Score)
After Pacifica put two runs on the board in the first inning then another in the second inning, the Beavers broke through. After Tim Menniger reached on a fielder's choice, Albie Lavin tripled down the left field line with two outs to put the Beavers on the scoreboard.
Caltech had an opportunity to put another run on the board in the fourth inning. Harrison Jacobs ripped a shot into the left centerfield gap but in his attempt to record an inside-the-park homerun, the Gladiators put together two good relay throws to nailed Jacobs on a bang-bang play at the plate.
The middle innings featured strong pitching as the teams combined for just four hits between innings four through six. Pacifica put an insurance run in the scorebook when Jared Tims scored on a Caesar Ramirez single in the seventh inning.
Trailing 4-1 with three outs left in the game, Caltech put the two runners on base with one-out. Oliver Curtiss singled and John Galden drew a walk. After Pacifica reliever Rafael Munoz struck out J.D. Feist, Daniel Chou kept hope alive with a double that scored Curtiss. Munoz settled down and ended the game with a strike out of Menniger.
A trio of Beavers players recorded two hits as Chou, Menniger and Jacobs each barreled up on the ball.
On the mound Derek Kearney went the distance in the seven-inning contest. The junior struck out two and scattered nine hits.
Game Two – Pacifica 9, Caltech 3 (Box Score)
After the teams traded a run each in the second inning, the Gladiators put a crooked number on the board in the second inning. Pacifica sent eight men to plate as they scored four runs on four hits to increase their lead to 5-1.
Caltech responded with a run of their own during the bottom half of the inning with a two-out rally. With Daniel Chou on second base Albie Lavin bounced a high chopper to the shortstop whose throw went off line which allowed Chou to safely cross the plate. Caltech got their deficit down to 5-3 in the fourth inning as John Galden sent home Harrison Jacobs with a ground out to second.
In the fifth and sixth innings only one runner was able to reach third base between the two teams but neither team put a run on the scoreboard.
The Gladiators put together a four-run seventh inning to put any hopes of a Beaver comeback in jeopardy. Caltech went quietly in their half of the seventh.
Tim Menniger threw all seven innings in his first collegiate start. The Beavers hurler struck out three and gave-up nine hits.