PASADENA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2015) – Freshman David Watson (Fort Collins, Colo / Windsor) clubbed the Beavers' first home run since April 5, 2013 as the Caltech baseball team dropped a doubleheader to the University of La Verne on Saturday.
Game 1: Caltech 0, La Verne 12
It was a pitcher's duel right from the start as the Leopards opened the scoring with an unearned run in the top of the first inning, but neither team could string anything together in the early going. La Verne advanced a runner to third base in both the second and third frames, but the first came with two outs already on the board and a well-turned 6-4-3 double play erased the runners in the third.
Junior Daniel Chou (Blue Bell, Pa. / Wissahickon) kept the home squad in the mix all the way to his final pitch, allowing just three earned runs and one walk over 8 1/3 innings. Sophomore Harrison Jacobs (Tucson, Ariz. / Catalina Foothills) became Caltech's first baserunner with a leadoff single in the bottom of the third inning, but the Beavers could not advance him any further. La Verne tacked on another unearned run in the top of the fifth inning and made it 4-0 with runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Caltech finally moved a runner into scoring position as sophomore Tim Menninger (Norristown, Pa. / Chestnut Hill Acad.) led off with a single and reached third base before the inning ended. Senior Ryan Casey (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) matched the feat after reaching on an error to open the eighth inning, but was also stranded as the Leopards scored again in the eighth and ended the game with seven runs in the ninth.
Menninger led the Beavers with two hits in four at-bats.
Game 2: Caltech 1, La Verne 18
La Verne took a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning and made it 9-0 in the second, eventually stretching out to 18-0 in the sixth. Senior Oliver Curtiss (Hudson, Ohio / Western Reserve Acad.) recorded the Beavers' first hit in the third inning and Chou sparked some late energy in the fourth, singling and advancing to second before the frame ended.
Casey added a single in the fifth inning and, after La Verne's five-run top of the sixth, Watson crushed his homer to right field with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Acad.) laced a single to shortstop but was later caught at third base on a fielder's choice.
Junior Michael Klionsky (Boca Raton, Fla. / Atlantic) recorded two outs in a clean frame while Jacobs finished things off with a hitless seventh inning, allowing just one walk.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will host Bates College in the Bobcats' season opener on Monday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.