Photo by Nhi Casey
PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 26, 2015) – Two of the most prestigious schools in the entire world clashed in sunny Southern California as the Caltech baseball team hosted MIT on Thursday.
The Beavers outhit the Engineers through the first seven innings but MIT took advantage of a whopping 14 walks and four errors to claim the victory, 23-7. MIT improve to 4-2 this season while Caltech drops to 2-19.
The Engineers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to back-to-back leadoff walks and a passed ball that allowed one run to score on a groundout and the other on a sacrifice fly. MIT tacked on four more in the second, but Caltech struck in the bottom of the frame to pull the margin back to four at 6-2. Sophomore Harrison Jacobs (Tucson, Ariz. / Catalina Foothills) laced a double to deep left field to score senior Derek Kearney (Carlsbad, Calif. / La Costa Canyon) for the Beavers' first run and junior Daniel Chou (Blue Bell, Pa. / Wissahickon) smacked a single to right centerfield to bring Jacobs home.
MIT exploded for another six runs in the top of the third, but the Beavers' bats stayed consistent with two more runs of their own. Caltech loaded the bases with no outs, setting up sophomore Chris Bradley (Half Moon Bay, Calif. / Serra), the water polo star making his debut with the baseball team today, for the bases-loaded walk in his first-ever plate appearance to bring home freshman David Watson (Fort Collins, Colo. / Windsor). With starter Kyler Kocher departing the mound at that point, Jacobs then added to his RBI count with a single to left center, plating freshman Garrett Levine (Columbus, Ohio / Columbus Acad.).
Caltech scored another run in each of the next two innings while shutting down MIT. A leadoff infield bunt single by freshman Chris McCarren (Kenilworth, Ill. / North Shore Country Day) set the table for Levine to rip a double down the left field line in the fourth inning. After senior Oliver Curtiss (Hudson, Ohio / Western Reserve Acad.) sat the Engineers down in order in the top of the fifth, McCarren brought sophomore Schaeffer Reed (Miami, Fla. / Westminster Christian) home to make the score 12-6.
MIT mustered three runs in the sixth inning and Caltech was unable to score despite getting two men on base with just one out, but the Beavers did get back on the board in the seventh as Chou led off with a single, stole second and third and scored on a groundout by Levine.
After three scoreless innings in the last four, MIT managed another six-run outburst in the top of the eighth and pushed two more across in the ninth as the Beavers' bats were kept quiet down the stretch.
Chou and Jacobs led the Beavers with three hits apiece while McCarren, Watson and senior Ryan Casey (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) each recorded two hits, with Watson adding two walks. Jacobs and Levine tallied two RBI each, while Jacobs led the pitching staff with just one earned run and a strikeout over 1 2/3 relief innings.
Head Coach Matthew Mark and the Beavers will return to SCIAC play tomorrow, Friday, Mar. 27 as they head to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College (2-24, 0-15) for the first of a three-game weekend series.