Beavers Tangle with Tigers in SCIAC Set

Beavers Tangle with Tigers in SCIAC Set

The Beavers faced off against Occidental for their final SCIAC set before their bye weekend next week.

On Friday Caltech hosted the Tigers for a single game before the series shifted to Eagle Rock for a doubleheader on Saturday.

Game One – Occidental 11, Caltech 0 (Box Score)

One big inning proved costly for the Beavers.

The game started in promising fashion for Caltech as Daniel Chou led off the bottom of the first with a single then advanced to second on an error. However, the sophomore was stranded on the base paths in what proved to be Caltech's best scoring opportunity.

Caltech starter Derek Kearney was sharp in the first three innings. The sophomore struck out three and allowed just two hits. His counterpart on the mound was just as effective as Joseph Kling struck out four and allowed just that opening single.

Occidental took control of the game in the fourth inning. During the critical frame the Tigers sent 12 men to plate as they scored eight times. A.J. Libunao provided the big blow as his three-run triple started the scoring spree.

The Tigers added a pair of runs in the sixth inning then another in the seventh inning to round out the scoring.

Victor Munoz went 3-for-3 with a run scored with driving in another to lead the Occidental nine-hit attack.

Three Occidental pitcher limited the Beavers to four hits.

Game Two - Occidental 3, Caltech 2 (Box Score)

After falling behind early the Beavers settled-in and nearly pulled off the comeback.

The Tigers scored the game's first run in the opening inning when A.J. Libunao reached on a throwing error by John Galden which allowed Riley Smith to score. The next inning Occidental made the score 2-0 when Scott Erickson hit a sarifiace fly that scored Walker Marks. Their last run of the game came in the fourth inning as Smith singled through the right side to score Joey Massari. 

Caltech got their first run in the fifth inning. Derek Kearney led off with a double down the right field line then advanced to third when Albie Lavin singled. With nobody out Harrison Jacobs singled through the right side of the infield to score Kearney.

Down 3-1, Caltech scored on a two-out error in the sixth inning. With Daniel Chou on second base Kearney reached on a miscue by Occidental first baseman Johnathan Brooks which allowed Chou to hustle around and score. 

Pitching dominated the rest of the game. Neither team was able to get a runner past second base. Occidental Riley Games pitched the last four innings to earn the save as he gave-up just one hit and struck out three.

On the mound for Caltech, Chou threw his first complete game of the season. The sophomore scattered nine hits, struck out three and gave-up one earned run. Chou allowed just three hits in the final four innings.

Game Three - Occidental 13, Caltech 3 (Box Score)

In Saturday's nightcap the Tigers put four runs on the scoreboard in the first inning and never looked back. The home team eventually grew their lead to 10-0 after five innings.

Caltech put three runs on the board in the sixth inning. Ryan Casey drove in Daniel Chou with a single to left center for the Beavers first run. Albie Lavin's RBI single scored Tim Menninger then a Harrison Jacobs groundout scored Casey completed the scoring for Caltech.

The home team crossed the plate once in the sixth inning then twice in the seventh inning to round out the scoring.

Lavin put together his second two-hit game of the season with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate to highlight Caltech's offense.